[Ads-l] "to ping"

Geoffrey Nathan geoffnathan at WAYNE.EDU
Thu Mar 30 10:23:20 EDT 2017


I'm fairly 'ping' has been discussed on this forum in years past. It is widely used (at least in the IT community) to mean 'contact in order to get an opinion about something or let someone know about something coming up'. 

I assume the etymology is from the old UNIX command, which puts it back in the pleistocene era (in computer years).

Geoff


     
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Regardless, he seemed to mean "to contact, as by telephone or electronic
device."

JL

On Thu, Mar 30, 2017 at 9:31 AM, Joel Berson <berson at att.net> wrote:

> Speak roughly to your little boy,And beat him when he tweetzes:
> He only does it to annoy,
> Because he knows it teases.
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> Joel
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>       From: Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM>
>  To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
>  Sent: Thursday, March 30, 2017 7:43 AM
>  Subject: Re: [ADS-L] "to ping" (and OED Online)
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> A former Trump advisor says the president likes to "ping people" to get
> their viewpoints.
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> JL
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> On Thu, Oct 20, 2016 at 7:35 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
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> > MSNBC re Hillary & D----d:
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> > "She dinged him and pinged him...."
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> > 'To goad or provoke; needle.'
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> > JL
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