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AFW - Glossary - Overview to Terms

Here is a *short* overview to some terms used on

short for "McQuary limit". adj.: adhering to the sig standard of "4x80", ie the maximum size of a signature tolerable in Usenet posts and Emails. Named after George McQuary.

verb: to plonk. to put an address into your killfile. noun: the plonk. The sound of an address falling into a killfile.
Subject: Re: Reviews of ACoS by New York Times etc?
From: aleistra@leland.Stanford.EDU (Andrea Lynn Leistra)
Newsgroups: rec.arts.sf.written.robert-jordan

Virtual plonks are created from quantum fluctuations in the vacuum along with
their counterparts, virtual antiplonks. (Antiplonks, which correspond
to the removal of someone from a killfile, are much rarer than plonks.
Usenetphysicists theorize that this originated in a slight discrepancy
in the plonk-antiplonk ratio shortly after the origin of Usenet.)

Virtual plonks and antiplonks recombine after a very short time
that is inversely proportional to the 'vehemence' of the plonk,
a factor dependent on the plonker as well as the plonked.

September, eternal
September 1992 never ended.

urban legend
"An urban legend:
  - appears mysteriously and spreads spontaneously in varying forms
    contains elements of humor or horror (the horror often "punishes"
    someone who flouts society's conventions).
  - makes good storytelling.
  - does NOT have to be false, although most are. ULs often have a basis
    in fact, but it's their life after-the-fact (particularly in reference
    to the second and third points) that gives them particular interest."
For more info see

"wank (v.): to engage in repeated, vigorous manual stimulation of the
corona of the erect penis, while simultaneously engaging in mental acts of
detailed erotic ideation, with the purpose of continuing stimulation until one
experiences an orgasmic release in the form of a succession of muscular
contractions along the length of the vas deferens and an intense burst of
activity in subcortical areas of the brain, especially the amygdala."
(source unknown)

An illustration from the ASCII Webster:


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