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A Unix program and protocol supporting conversation between two or more users who may be logged into the same computer or different computers on a network. Variants include ntalk, ytalk, and ports or emulators of these programs for other platforms.

Unix has the talk program and protocol and its variants xtalk and ytalk for the X Window System; VMS has phone; Windows for Workgroups has chat. ITS also has a talk system. These split the screen into separate areas for each user.

Unix's write command can also be used, though it does not attempt to separate input and output on the screen.

Users of such systems are said to be in talk mode which has many conventional abbreviations and idioms. Most of these survived into chat jargon, but many fell out of common use with the migration of user prattle from talk-like systems to chat systems in the early 1990s. These disused talk-specific forms include:

"BYE?" - are you ready to close the conversation? This is the standard way to end a talk-mode conversation; the other person types "BYE" to confirm, or else continues the conversation.

"JAM"/"MIN" - just a minute

"O" - "over" (I have stopped talking). Also "/" as in x/y - x over y, or two newlines (the latter being the most common).

"OO" - "over and out" - end of conversation.

"\" - Greek lambda.

"R U THERE?" - are you there?

"SEC" - wait a second.

"/\/\/" - laughter. But on a MUD, this usually means "earthquake fault".

See also talk bomb.
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A variety of measures being taken by Iran in coping with hard hitting sanctions were recently watched closely by the six GCC states, while in Tehran the supremacist leaders continued to talk big (see news4IsrPA-IrnJul26-10).
All these states are cautiously trying to avoid being involved in such measures, which are hitting Iran hard while in Tehran the supremacist leaders continue to talk big (see news4IsrPA-IrnJul26-10).
I could talk big shoes and 'Girl Power' until Geri fell asleep and then I would start on writing award-winning lyrics with Gary.
We should not talk big and then have to backtrack when our action becomes a burden to us,'' he was quoted as saying.
He said: "They talk big but both are capable of doing what they say - but the elements will be important and we'll have to see what effect the weather has on the race.