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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
 
  hosed  adj  Same  as  {down}.  Used  primarily  by  Unix  hackers. 
  Humorous:  also  implies  a  condition  thought  to  be  relatively  easy  to 
  reverse.  Probably  derived  from  the  Canadian  slang  `hoser'  popularized  by 
  the  Bob  and  Doug  Mackenzie  skits  on  SCTV,  but  this  usage  predated  SCTV  by 
  years  in  hackerdom  (it  was  certainly  already  live  at  CMU  in  the  1970s). 
  See  {hose}.  It  is  also  widely  used  of  people  in  the  mainstream  sense  of 
  `in  an  extremely  unfortunate  situation'. 
 
  Once  upon  a  time,  a  Cray  that  had  been  experiencing  periodic 
  difficulties  crashed,  and  it  was  announced  to  have  been  hosed.  It  was 
  discovered  that  the  crash  was  due  to  the  disconnection  of  some  coolant 
  hoses.  The  problem  was  corrected,  and  users  were  then  assured  that 
  everything  was  OK  because  the  system  had  been  rehosed.  See  also  {dehose}. 
 
 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  hosed 
 
    A  somewhat  humorous  variant  of  "{down}",  used 
  primarily  by  {Unix}  {hackers}.  Hosed"  implies  a  condition 
  thought  to  be  relatively  easy  to  reverse.  It  is  also  widely 
  used  of  people  in  the  mainstream  sense  of  "in  an  extremely 
  unfortunate  situation".  The  term  was  popularised  by  fighter 
  pilots  refering  to  being  hosed  by  machine  gun  fire  (date?). 
  Usage  in  hackerdom  dates  back  to  {CMU}  in  the  1970s  or 
  earlier. 
 
  {"Acronyms  and  Abbreviations"  from  UCC,  Ireland 
  (http://www.ucc.ie/cgi-bin/acronym)}  expands  it  as  "Hardware 
  Or  Software  Error  Detected",  though  this  is  probably  a 
  back-formation. 
 
  The  {Jargon  File}  version  4.1.4  1999-06-17  says  that  it  was 
  probably  derived  from  the  Canadian  slang  hoser"  (meaning  "a 
  man,  esp.  one  who  works  at  a  job  that  uses  physical  rather 
  than  mental  skills  and  whose  habits  are  slightly  offensive  but 
  amusing"). 
 
  One  correspondant  speculates  about  an  allusion  to  a  hose-like 
  body  part 
 
  Once  upon  a  time,  a  {Cray}  that  had  been  experiencing  periodic 
  difficulties  crashed,  and  it  was  announced  to  have  been  hosed. 
  It  was  discovered  that  the  crash  was  due  to  the  disconnection 
  of  some  coolant  hoses.  The  problem  was  corrected,  and  users 
  were  then  assured  that  everything  was  OK  because  the  system 
  had  been  rehosed.  See  also  {dehose}. 
 
  See  also:  {hose}. 
 
  (1999-10-28) 
 
 




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