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404

[fawr-oh-fawr, fohr-oh-fohr] /ˈfɔr oʊˈfɔr, ˈfoʊr oʊˈfoʊr/
noun
1.
Also called 404 error. Computers. an error message sent by a web server to a browser when the user has typed an incorrect URL, tried to access a Web page that is no longer available, or clicked on a broken link on a Web page:
They must have taken down their website; I keep getting that annoying “404 - File Not Found” message.
2.
Slang. a person who is stupid or uninformed.
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British Dictionary definitions for 404

404

/ˌfɔːəʊˈfɔː/
noun
1.
(slang) a stupid or ineffectual person
Word Origin
C21: from the Internet error message `404 Not Found'
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404 in Technology

abuse
Someone who's clueless. From the World-Wide Web message "404, URL Not Found" meaning that the document you've tried to access can't be located.
"Don't bother asking him...he's 404, man".
404 is one of the standard response codes of the telnet protocol on which the web's HTTP is based.
The first 4 indicates a client error such as a mistyped URL. The middle 0 refers to a general syntax error. The last 4 just indicates the specific error in the group of 40x, which also includes 400: Bad Request, 401: Unauthorized, etc.
(2000-03-18)

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