notwork

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notwork

/not'werk/ n. A network, when it is acting flaky or is down. Compare nyetwork. Said at IBM to have originally referred to a particular period of flakiness on IBM's VNET corporate network ca. 1988; but there are independent reports of the term from elsewhere.
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notwork definition

networking, humour
/not'werk/ A network that is performing badly.
Said at IBM to have originally referred to a particular period of flakiness on IBM's VNET corporate network ca. 1988; but there are independent reports of the term from elsewhere.
The joke sounds better in Russian, where "nyet" means "no", hence nyetwork /nyet'werk/.
(2009-05-28)

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