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condom

(1)
The protective plastic bag that accompanies 3.5-inch microfloppy diskettes. Rarely, also used of (paper) disk envelopes. Unlike the write protect tab, the condom (when left on) not only impedes the practice of SEX but has also been shown to have a high failure rate as drive mechanisms attempt to access the disk - and can even fatally frustrate insertion.

condom

(2)
The protective cladding on a light pipe.

condom

(3)
"keyboard condom": A flexible, transparent plastic cover for a keyboard, designed to provide some protection against dust and programming fluid without impeding typing.

condom

(4)
"elephant condom": the plastic shipping bags used inside cardboard boxes to protect hardware in transit.
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Roger Chartier moves the narrative through the "ancien regine," when French letter manuals became more distinctly French, written in the vernacular instead of Latin, and filled with sample letters by French rather than classical authors.
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I then hope to re-establish contact with regimental HQ in its heavily fortified Newcastle bunker and lay down lines of communication for what some people of the baser sort are referring to as "Wully's French Letter".
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I didn't know that French letters were an old-fashioned word for condoms.
Kourouma's rightful status will only be assured, Voisin argues, by his inclusion in the pantheon of French letters: "Le temps est venu pour un deuxieme combat: ne plus demander a Kourouma sa carte politique ni ses papiers...--bref le faire entrer dans la cote 840" (38).