The Dim-Post

February 26, 2010

Neologism of the Day

Filed under: general idiocy — danylmc @ 11:34 am


Verb. Use without object.

To spend an hour writing code to perform a one-off task that would have taken you ten minutes to complete. The task is usually of a dull or repetitive nature.


  1. Pro-nun-seeyashun?

    Comment by StephenR — February 26, 2010 @ 12:07 pm

  2. Ha ha!

    an hour

    More like 6 hours! but you package it into a class library and convince yourself you’ve magically saved time and money down the track.

    Comment by progger — February 26, 2010 @ 12:29 pm

  3. I find that awk(1) is purpose-made for that kind of task – it’s usually trivial to get it to do almost but not quite exactly what you want, and the next hour is spent working out that to get exactly the desired result is going to be impossible.

    Comment by James Butler — February 26, 2010 @ 12:29 pm

  4. Verb. Use without object.

    Dictionaries have abandoned the descriptor “intransitive verb”? That’s kinda sad.

    Comment by Graeme Edgeler — February 26, 2010 @ 1:41 pm

  5. That’s a lot better than ‘pseudo-productivity’ which I use to describe the misplaced feeling of achievement you get when you finally get your data into the obscure format required in only 4 hours longer than it would have taken by copying and pasting. Need a pythonic version though…

    Comment by david w — February 26, 2010 @ 2:01 pm

  6. Blind data screening – i.e. feeling as if blindness would be a good thing after reading 300 pages of logfiles

    Comment by expat — February 26, 2010 @ 3:28 pm

  7. Multi-co-linearity: when the end of your thingie sticks a bit and you get two streams in differing directions, leaving you to decide which one goes in and which one hits the floor.

    Comment by Clunking Fist — February 26, 2010 @ 4:10 pm

  8. What is the problem?

    On my daily list of things to do
    procrastinate is always number one.

    It is such a relief getting that out of the way!
    I find that getting that out of the way allow3s me to do all the things I need to do
    to have a meaningful life.

    Comment by peterlepaysan — February 26, 2010 @ 8:07 pm

  9. double plus good.

    Comment by Tim — February 26, 2010 @ 8:34 pm

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