Computer Abbreviations


  • 586: The average IQ needed to understand a PC.


  • ARG: Agree to run garbage


  • BBT: Branch on binary tree
  • BBW: Branch both ways
  • BEW: Branch either way
  • BH: Branch and hang
  • Bit: A word used to describe computers, as in “Our son’s computer cost quite a bit.”
  • BMR :Branch multiple registers
  • BOB: Branch on bug
  • BOD: Beat on drum
  • BOI: Byte operator immediately
  • Boot: What your friends give you because you spend too much time bragging about your computer skills.
  • BPDI: Be polite, don’t interrupt
  • BPO: Branch on power off
  • BST: Backspace and stretch tape
  • Bug: What your eyes do after you stare at the tiny green computer screen for more than 15 minutes. Also: what computer magazine companies do to you after they get your name on their mailing list.


  • CEMU: Close eyes and monkey with user space
  • Chips: The fattening, non-nutritional food computer users eat to avoid having to leave their keyboards for meals.
  • CLBR: Clobber register
  • CLBRI: Clobber register immediately
  • CM: Circulate memory
  • Copy: What you have to do during school tests because you spend too much time at the computer and not enough time studying.
  • CPAR: Crumple paper and rip
  • CRB: Crash and burn
  • CRR: Convert to Roman Numerals
  • CU: Convert to unary
  • Cursor: What you turn into when you can’t get your computer to perform, as in “You $#% computer!”
  • CZZC: Convert zone to ZIP code


  • DC: Divide and conquer
  • Disk: What goes out in your back after bending over a computer keyboard for seven hours at a clip.
  • Disk Crash: A typical computer response to any critical deadline.
  • DMPK: Destroy memory protect key
  • DNPG: Do not pass go
  • DO: Divide and overflow
  • Dump: The place all your former hobbies wind up soon after you install your computer.
  • DWIMNWIS: Do what I mean, not what I say


  • EIOC: Execute invalid opcode
  • EMPC: Emulate pocket calculator
  • EPI: Execute programmer immediately
  • EROS: Erase read-only storage
  • Error: What you made the first time you walked into a computer showroom to “just look.”
  • EXOP: Execute operator
  • EXPP: Execute political prisoner
  • Expansion: Unit The new room you have to build on to your home to house your computer and all its peripherals.


  • FSRA: Forms skip and run away


  • GFD: Go forth and divide
  • GFM: Go forth and multiply


  • HCF: Halt and catch fire


  • IBP: Insert bug and proceed
  • IIB: Ignore inquiry and branch


  • LCC: Load and clear core


  • MBF: Multiply and be fruitful
  • MLR: Move and lose record


  • NFS: Nightmare File System


  • PBC: Print and break chain
  • PD: Play dead
  • PDSK: Punch disk
  • PI: Punch invalid
  • POPI: Punch operator immediately
  • PS*: Punch obscenity
  • PSD: Pause and smoke dope
  • PVLC: Punch variable length card


  • RAT: Random Access Tape
  • RD: Reverse directions
  • RDS: Read sideways
  • RIRG: Read inter-record gap
  • RPM: Read programmer’s mind
  • RSC: Read and shred card
  • RSD: On read error self destruct
  • RSTOM: Read from store-only memory
  • RWCR: Rewind card reader


  • SDJ: Send data to Japan
  • SHAB: Shift a bit
  • SHLBM: Shift a little bit more
  • SMR: Skip on meaningless result
  • SOT: Sit on a tack
  • SQSW: Scramble program status word
  • SQPC: Sit quietly and play with your crayons
  • SRSD: Seek record and scar disk
  • SRZ: Subtract and reset to zero
  • SSJ: Select stacker and jam
  • STROM: Store in read-only memory


  • TDB: Transfer and drop bits


  • UER: Update and erase record


  • VI: Virtually Incomprehensible


  • WBT: Water binary tree
  • WEMG: Write eighteen-minute gap
  • WPM: Write programmer’s mind


  • XSP: Execute systems programmer


  • ZAM: Zero all memory

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