"Moby sex"?

Dan Goodman dsgood at IPHOUSE.COM
Mon Oct 28 18:34:28 UTC 2013

On 10/27/2013 07:32 PM, Baker, John wrote:
> From the Jargon File, http://www.catb.org/jargon/html/M/moby.html,
> definitions 1 and 5 of "moby" appear relevant:
> moby: /moh bee/ [MIT: seems to have been in use among model railroad
> fans years ago. Derived from Melville's Moby Dick (some say from
> ‘Moby Pickle’). Now common.]
> 1. adj. Large, immense, complex, impressive. “A Saturn V rocket is a
> truly moby frob.” “Some MIT undergrads pulled off a moby hack at the
> Harvard-Yale game.” (See Appendix A for discussion.)
> . . . .
> 5. The largest available unit of something which is available in
> discrete increments. Thus, ordering a “moby Coke” at the local
> fast-food joint is not just a request for a large Coke, it's an
> explicit request for the largest size they sell.
> Surprisingly, not in Urban Dictionary, which suggests that this
> meaning has largely passed out of use.

Much thanks!

Dan Goodman
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