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/bif/ (Or "B1FF", from Usenet) The most famous pseudo, and the prototypical newbie. Articles from BIFF are characterised by all uppercase letters sprinkled liberally with bangs, typos, "cute" misspellings (EVRY BUDY LUVS GOOD OLD BIFF CUZ HE'S A K00L DOOD AN HE RITES REEL AWESUM THINGZ IN CAPITULL LETTRS LIKE THIS!!!), use (and often misuse) of fragments of chat abbreviations, a long sig block (sometimes even a doubled sig), and unbounded naivete. BIFF posts articles using his elder brother's VIC-20. BIFF's location is a mystery, as his articles appear to come from a variety of sites. However, BITNET seems to be the most frequent origin. The theory that BIFF is a denizen of BITNET is supported by BIFF's (unfortunately invalid) electronic mail address: <BIFF@BIT.NET>.

[1993: Now It Can Be Told! My spies inform me that BIFF was originally created by Joe Talmadge <>, also the author of the infamous and much-plagiarised "Flamer's Bible". The BIFF filter he wrote was later passed to Richard Sexton, who posted BIFFisms much more widely. Versions have since been posted for the amusement of the net at large. - ESR]


/bif/ To notify someone of incoming mail. From the BSD utility "biff(1)", which was in turn named after a friendly golden Labrador who used to chase frisbees in the halls at UCB while 4.2BSD was in development (it had a well-known habit of barking whenever the mailman came). No relation to BIFF.


(1) (Binary Interchange File Format) A spreadsheet file format that holds data and charts, introduced with Excel Version 2.2 in 1989.

(2) A novice on the Usenet bulletin board. Also spelled "B1FF," a BIFF is a newbie who tries to be "cool" by, among other things, abbreviating words with clever misspellings. See Usenet and leetspeak.
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Dela Vega said the number of BIFF fatalities had been validated by residents of the affected barangays, especially those who evacuated from the area.
BIFF guerillas and their allied criminals could even resort to kidnap-for-ransom among villagers refusing to pay zakat, Mangudadatu warned.
Mangudadatu said the military and the MILF managed last year to drive from the province BIFF faction leader Abu Toraife through joint tactical efforts.
PBB Founder and head of professional and clinical services, Wendy Barnett, said: "We were delighted to hear Biff is once again on the mend, and that we were able to help.
He has enjoined the MILF to help the government forces in flushing out the BIFF who are spoiling the peace process in Mindanao.
He, Paul Quinn, Graham Oliver, Steve "Dobby" Dawson and David Ward came together as Son of a Bitch when Biff was only 15.
Sadly, in 1995 Biff and Derek were killed in a tragic highway accident, and he never got to see me realize my goal
To their doting, worshipful fathers, Biff and Brick are their only true sons, understandable since Hap Loman and Gooper Pollitt have never been mistaken for gods.
David wrote Biff Baff Boff with Timmy Mallet and he has high hopes that it will be a massive Christmas hit.
Then a walker spotted Biff on the ledge at Capelle - Ferne, Kent - and overjoyed Paul rang 999.
Well, now that I think about it, I'm happy for you, Biff, even if I did have my heart set on takin' this here buck my ownself.