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troll[edit]

in the computing section, a the word troll is used to imply someone who knows little about computing or the hacker lifestyle. Troll has come to mean someone being purposefully ignorant or inflammatory for amusement. Furthermore, the citation used never mentions 'troll' at all, and, elsewhere in the document (the Jargon File), the more modern definition of trolls as internet jerks appears. I intend to change the phrasing to "J. Random Luser"; a somewhat antiquated but far more accurate portmanteau of "Loser" and "User".

Distinction in use[edit]

Shouldn't there be more distinction drawn between words used to refer to specific antecedants (like thingy, whatsit, dude, etc.) and words used as hypothetical examples of something, but with no particular antecedant in mind, (e.g. a metasyntactic variable), like foobar [programming], Vic [police], John Doe, 555-1234, 123 Main St., Anytown, etc? 65.0.212.213 (talk) 13:42, 19 April 2010 (UTC)

Doohickey[edit]

Doohickey is used similar to thingamajig and was in the article a year ago. Not sure where would be best to fit it in. Just noting it's abscence. 124.169.210.244 (talk) 02:43, 6 March 2011 (UTC)

Suggestions[edit]

I've noticed a few placeholder names that are missing that may be added. Some for people include "tough guy" (specifically used to address someone familiar) and "whats-his-bucket" (or "whats-her-bucket," for a female). One for an unknown object is "whatchamacallit." Zeke64 (talk) 03:33, 10 December 2011 (UTC)Zeke64

Picked from the net[edit]

May be intresting. --Itu (talk) 21:58, 5 October 2012 (UTC)

Nicknack[edit]

Nicknack redirects to this page, but only occurs on the page in the redirection notification (with a link out to the James Bond character). Since the implication is that the page is somehow relevant to the term, perhaps it should be included in whichever is the relevant list? 109.156.42.4 (talk) 20:40, 19 June 2014 (UTC)