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That crashed feeling

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Topic: 6) That crashed feeling (1 of 3), Read 96 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Barbara Wallraff (msgrammar@theatlantic.com)
Date: Wednesday, December 09, 1998 02:07 PM

Carlton Simmons, of Indianapolis, Indiana, writes: "What would be a word for the feeling you get when your computer crashes before saving an hour's worth of work?"


Not to be a Pollyanna, but could we also work on a word for the feeling you get when it crashes *after* saving the hour's worth of work?

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Topic: 6) That crashed feeling (2 of 3), Read 94 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Michael Fischer (tsuwm@aol.com)
Date: Thursday, December 10, 1998 03:00 PM

etiolate is an existing word which has a sense of "to make pale and sickly" and when pronounced has a nice techy feel to it:

E-tE-a-lAt


taking extensive liberties, I'd suggest:

peciolate

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Topic: 6) That crashed feeling (3 of 3), Read 57 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Jason Taniguchi (jasont@ccp.ca)
Date: Wednesday, December 16, 1998 06:31 PM

From the Award-Winning Toronto Serial Diners Collective:

We have variously described this feeling as:

"chronosplat" (your time goes splat);
"antesave" (the thing that happens before you saved what you were working on);
"backoops" (if you don't backup, you get a backoops);
"gottaboot" (same principle);
"crash-crushed" (perhaps my favourite);
"boot-licked" (a close contender);
"nonononononononono" (accurate, if nothing else);
and (inevitably) "Windows 95".


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Topic: another possiblility (1 of 3), Read 36 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Vidark Bloom (vidarkblm@aol.com)
Date: Monday, December 21, 1998 12:39 AM

not to mention:

'my own damn fault'

(a phrase not a word, but the one i find myself uttering whenever this happens.)

Vidark Bloom
who always saves his wo

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Topic: another possiblility (2 of 3), Read 32 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Michael Fischer (tsuwm@aol.com)
Date: Monday, December 21, 1998 10:11 AM

Vidark,

What is this in reference to?? (or, why not use the "Reply" feature?)

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Topic: another possiblility (3 of 3), Read 33 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Barbara Wallraff (msgrammar@theatlantic.com)
Date: Monday, December 21, 1998 10:44 AM

Wheels within wheels: a phrase in search of its fugitive meaning! I hope Vidark isn't experiencing this one as "7) How humiliating!" I sympathize: It still confuses me to have to click first on "Reply" and ultimately on "Post." But this here is obviously about "6) That crashed feeling," no?



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