Posted on November 12, 2002 by shackerBoxen Next person to say “boxen” when they really mean “computers” gets a wedgie. — Music: Pink Fairies :: Portobello Shuffle
10 Replies to “Boxen”
But I *like* saying ‘boxen’!
How about if they say “box0rz” instead?
wedgie with a thong!
or is that thongen?
Good luck – ‘boxen’ is established jargon:
Can we say ‘target-rich environment’? :-)
To be clear, I actually do think the term is pretty clever, and yes, deeply established. My problem is that a lot of people can’t refer to computers as computers. It’s as if they’re *compelled* to refer to them as boxen on every reference, and it gets tiresome to read discussions sometimes, with this “clever” phrase inserted every four words….
Oh, that’s where you’re coming from. I know the feeling – usually I get it when I read postings where the writer feels compelled to always replace ‘Microsoft’ with ‘Micro$oft’ or one of the other “clever” nicknames.
That’s exactly it – overuse of cleverness…
It was preceded by the unofficial multiple term for a Digital Equipment VAX (which for those too young to recall was the first 32 bit minicomputer and the original Unix platform) – Vaxen
So don’ mess with my underwear, bub. :)
It’s not your underwear I’m concerned about, Jim ;)