Bork, bork, bork,bork

So a colleague of mine recently said something along the lines of "the content is fine in a browser but borked in the RSS feed". I couldn't for the life of me remember where "bork" came from. So of course I googled, and low-and-behold, I found Google Bork, and the king of all sites, Ze sveedish chef page. You know, the muppets, sesame street, etc.

This is what I get for borking up the blogs.sun.com site.

Bork is almost as useful as another four letter word, but I will refrain from linking to the site that describes the wonders of that word (it's a noun, a verb, an adjective -- heck, all parts of speech!)

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As it happens, the word bork does not mean anything in Swedish, but it is the name of a Danish town famous for great windsurfing.
How's that for a useless factoid?

Posted by ttj on August 09, 2004 at 09:24 AM PDT #

well, in the dictionary of the swedish academy, saob, you can find "bork" meaning an old drinking goblet, according to this book its use can first be established around 1700 a.d. though i of course doubt that the muppets show knew about it. i even doubt any swede will know about it and take "bork" for being a nonsense word, though i did accidentily come accross it when doing some development on grammar checking tools for swedish where at one point i used saob... and now i get to be a language finickier ;)

Posted by robert on August 09, 2004 at 10:31 AM PDT #

see also http://catb.org/~esr/jargon/html/B/borken.html

Posted by alecm on August 09, 2004 at 03:27 PM PDT #

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