Frobbing - 2020/11/25

25 Nov 2020

This week I tried not to see the Internet as much as I could.

I was reading a document that was written by a programmer back in late 2000. I came across a word which I didn’t know of. I’ve seen the word several times in the past years. I thought it’s a signal that I should know the meaning of the word. I searched the web.

The word was “frobbing.” The urban dictionary explains the word as “to spend time on a computer surfing the net.” Ths was what I was trying to avoid.

I felt the irony.

Aside: According to the Jargon File, “frob” also means to tweak. Tweak is one of the words I use frequently in commit messages. The document seemed to use the word in that sense.