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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  biff 
  n  :  (boxing)  a  blow  with  the  fist  [syn:  {punch},  {poke},  {lick}] 
  v  :  strike  with  the  fist  [syn:  {pummel},  {pommel}] 
 
  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
 
  biff  /bif/  vt  To  notify  someone  of  incoming  mail  From  the 
  BSD  utility  `biff(1)',  which  was  in  turn  named  after  a  friendly  dog 
  who  used  to  chase  frisbees  in  the  halls  at  UCB  while  4.2BSD  was  in 
  development.  There  was  a  legend  that  it  had  a  habit  of  barking  whenever 
  the  mailman  came  but  the  author  of  `biff'  says  this  is  not  true. 
  No  relation  to  {B1FF}. 
 
 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  biff 
 
  /bif/  To  notify  someone  of  incoming  mail  From  the  {BSD} 
  utility  "biff(1)",  which  was  in  turn  named  after  a  friendly 
  golden  Labrador  who  used  to  chase  frisbees  in  the  halls  at  UCB 
  while  {4.2BSD}  was  in  development  (it  had  a  well-known  habit 
  of  barking  whenever  the  mailman  came).  No  relation  to  {BIFF}. 
 
  [{Jargon  File}] 
 
 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  BIFF 
 
  /bif/  (Or  "B1FF",  from  {Usenet})  The  most  famous  {pseudo},  and 
  the  prototypical  {newbie}.  Articles  from  BIFF  are 
  characterised  by  all  uppercase  letters  sprinkled  liberally 
  with  bangs,  typos,  cute"  misspellings  (EVRY  BUDY  LUVS  GOOD 
  OLD  BIFF  CUZ  HE'S  A  K00L  DOOD  AN  HE  RITES  REEL  AWESUM  THINGZ 
  IN  CAPITULL  LETTRS  LIKE  THIS!!!),  use  (and  often  misuse)  of 
  fragments  of  {chat}  abbreviations,  a  long  {sig  block} 
  (sometimes  even  a  {doubled  sig}),  and  unbounded  naivete.  BIFF 
  posts  articles  using  his  elder  brother's  VIC-20.  BIFF's 
  location  is  a  mystery,  as  his  articles  appear  to  come  from  a 
  variety  of  sites.  However,  {BITNET}  seems  to  be  the  most 
  frequent  origin.  The  theory  that  BIFF  is  a  denizen  of  BITNET 
  is  supported  by  BIFF's  (unfortunately  invalid)  {electronic 
  mail  address}:  . 
 
  [1993:  Now  It  Can  Be  Told!  My  spies  inform  me  that  BIFF  was 
  originally  created  by  Joe  Talmadge  ,  also  the 
  author  of  the  infamous  and  much-plagiarised  "Flamer's  Bible". 
  The  BIFF  filter  he  wrote  was  later  passed  to  Richard  Sexton, 
  who  posted  BIFFisms  much  more  widely.  Versions  have  since 
  been  posted  for  the  amusement  of  the  net  at  large  -  ESR] 
 
  [{Jargon  File}] 
 
  (1997-09-22) 
 
 




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