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/ob/ prefix Obligatory. A piece of netiquette acknowledging that the author has been straying from the newsgroup's charter topic. For example, if a posting in alt.sex is a response to a part of someone else's posting that has nothing particularly to do with sex, the author may append "ObSex" (or "Obsex") and toss off a question or vignette about some unusual erotic act. It is considered a sign of great winnitude when one's Obs are more interesting than other people's whole postings.
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This attitude seemed to me so simple and ob- vious that I was really astonished at Giles giving no sign of assent.
It culminated in a hurried outbreak of almost intolerably excessive shrieking, which stopped short, leav- ing us stiffened in a variety of silly attitudes, and ob- stinately listening to the nearly as appalling and ex- cessive silence.
And she had ob- jected to him praying aloud in the evening.