icq

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ICQ
 
n
trademark an instant messaging computer program that enables internet users to locate and communicate with one another online
 
[approximate abbreviation of I seek you]

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ICQ definition

chat
1. Abbreviation for "I seek you".
2. A proprietary chat system created by a couple of israeli guys, who later founded "mirabilis". ICQ was sold to America On-Line around 1998.
The name "ICQ" is a play on "cq", the radio signal for seeking conversation.
(http://icq.com/).
[Confirm derivation? TCP? Summary?]
(2000-04-03)
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ICQ
I seek you
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