"The software _glitches_ constantly." [NT]

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Thu Oct 13 12:28:03 UTC 2011

HDAS has a "gag a maggot" var. that takes it one fanciful semantic step further.


On Wed, Oct 12, 2011 at 11:29 PM, Victor Steinbok <aardvark66 at gmail.com> wrote:
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> That's roughly the reaction I had my college roommate's frequent use of
> "gag me with a spoon". At the time, I found it hard to think gagging in
> this form. Gagging a maggot would not have bothered me as much...
>     VS-)
> On 10/12/2011 9:30 PM, Wilson Gray wrote:
>> On Wed, Oct 12, 2011 at 9:08 PM, Victor Steinbok<aardvark66 at gmail.com>  wrote:
>>> Sounds fairly ordinary to me, although I usually hear it in reference to
>>> hardware--and not just computers.
>> This is my first encounter with it. From life:
>> A. "That's enough to gag a maggot!"
>> B."[Strongly-negative reaction]!"
>> A. "What's the matter? Haven't you heard that before?"
>> B. "No! And I HOPE that I never hear it, again!!!"
>> A couple of dekkids later, he said that he didn't recall the exchange
>> and that the expression didn't bother him at all. In like manner, I
>> suppose that I'll eventually learn to live with _glitch_ as a verb.
>> Youneverknow.
>> --
>> -Wilson
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