[Ads-l] ping

Geoffrey Steven Nathan geoffnathan at WAYNE.EDU
Wed May 18 10:27:04 EDT 2016


As another inhabitant of that world I'll chime in with Marc's definition of 'ping' and also note this is a non-standard use.

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In the IT world (where I live, at least during the day), "ping" has more
the connotation of "alert." When one computer pings another ("ping" is
actually the name of the program that does this), it simply requests a
returning signal that the other machine is reachable over the network. So
the word has taken on the meaning of "reach out to" or "say hello to." In
this context, I think it means that Trump has been made aware of the
disclosure.

It's possible that the writer is using the word onomatopoeically as a sharp
sound, like a pinprick, in which case the signal would be less neutral.

Marc Sacks

Marc Sacks

On Wed, May 18, 2016 at 8:09 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
wrote:

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> CNN:
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> "That disclosure coming just in time to ping Donald Trump."
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> Annoy? Irk? Prod? Provoke a reaction from?
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