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A feature supported by Unix, ITS, and some other OSes that allows two or more logged-in users to set up a real-time on-line conversation. It combines the immediacy of talking with all the precision (and verbosity) that written language entails. It is difficult to communicate inflection, though conventions have arisen for some of these (see the section on writing style in the Prependices for details).
Talk mode has a special set of jargon words, used to save typing, which are not used orally. Some of these are identical to (and probably derived from) Morse-code jargon used by ham-radio amateurs since the 1920s.
as far as I know
be seeing you
by the way
are you ready to unlink? (this is the standard way to end a talk-modeconversation; the other person types BYE to confirm, or else continuesthe conversation)
see you later
are you busy? (expects ACK or NAK in return)
are you there? (often used on unexpected links, meaning also"Sorry if I butted in ... " (linker) or "What's up?" (linkee))
for what it's worth
for your information
for your amusement
go ahead (used when two people have tried to type simultaneously; thiscedes the right to type to the other)
grumble (expresses disquiet or disagreement)
hello? (an instance of the `-P' convention)
if I recall correctly
just a minute (equivalent to SEC.... )
same as JAM
no (see NIL )
over to you
over and out
another form of "over to you" (from x/y as "x over y")
lambda (used in discussing LISPy things)
oh, by the way
on the other hand
R U THERE?
are you there?
wait a second (sometimes written SEC... )
Are you busy? (expects ACK, SYN|ACK, or RST in return; this is modeledon the TCP/IP handshake sequence)
yes (see the main entry for T )
thanks a million (humorous)
another form of "thanks a million"
with regard to, or with respect to.
the universal interrogative particle; WTF knows what itmeans?
what the hell?
When the typing party has finished, he/she types two newlines tosignal that he/she is done; this leaves a blank line between`speeches' in the conversation, making it easier to reread thepreceding text.
When three or more terminals are linked, it is conventional foreach typist to prepend his/her login name or handle and acolon (or a hyphen) to each line to indicate who is typing (someconferencing facilities do this automatically). The login name isoften shortened to a unique prefix (possibly a single letter)during a very long conversation.
A giggle or chuckle. On a MUD, this usually means `earthquakefault'.
Most of the above sub-jargon is used at both Stanford and MIT. Several of these expressions are also common in email , esp. FYI, FYA, BTW, BCNU, WTF, and CUL. A few other abbreviations have been reported from commercial networks, such as GEnie and CompuServe, where on-line `live' chat including more than two people is common and usually involves a more `social' context, notably the following: