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time t in Technology


/ti:m T/ An unspecified but usually well-understood time, often used in conjunction with a later time T+1. "We'll meet on campus at time T or at Louie's at time T+1" means, in the context of going out for dinner: "We can meet on campus and go to Louie's, or we can meet at Louie's itself a bit later." (Louie's was a Chinese restaurant in Palo Alto that was a favourite with hackers.) Had the number 30 been used instead of the number 1, it would have implied that the travel time from campus to Louie's is 30 minutes; whatever time T is (and that hasn't been decided on yet), you can meet half an hour later at Louie's than you could on campus and end up eating at the same time.
See also since time T equals minus infinity.
[Jargon File]
(1994-12-12)

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  • Takes him some time t' get started, but he gets somewheres when he does.

  • I found I had some time t' spah, an' thinks I dere might be some whitewashin' I could do.

  • Ye know I ain't got time t' stop an' load when I see the birds.

  • Has Ah got time t have granny sew buttons on m boiled shirt an get a baff?

    Little Washington's Relatives Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • "Shucks, I ain't got no time t' argue with kids," said Bill, and started for the door.

  • He's on time t' th' minute, 'n' I hope yer mother's got suthin' good fer us both t' eat.

    The White Crystals Howard R. Garis
  • I comes up, late as usual, just in time t' see him calmly prance up some doorsteps an' ring th' bell.

    Castle Craneycrow George Barr McCutcheon
  • I been givin the back kitchen a coat o lime, an I isnt had no time t give t thinkin.

    Every Man for Himself Norman Duncan

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