Word of the Week: 3 Aug 2020

:core dump:

n. [common {Iron Age} jargon, preserved by UNIX]

1. [techspeak] A copy of the contents of {core}, produced when a process is aborted by certain kinds of internal error.

2. By extension, used for humans passing out, vomiting, or registering extreme shock. “He dumped core. All over the floor. What a mess.” “He heard about X and dumped core.”

3. Occasionally used for a human rambling on pointlessly at great length; esp. in apology: “Sorry, I dumped core on you”.

4. A recapitulation of knowledge. Hence, spewing all one knows about a topic (syn. {brain dump}), esp. in a lecture or answer to an exam question. “Short, concise answers are better than core dumps” (from the instructions to an exam at Columbia).

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