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Archaic a type of fine woollen fabric

say

A human may "say" things to a computer by typing them on a terminal. "To list a directory verbosely, say "ls -l"." Tends to imply a newline-terminated command (a "sentence").

A computer may "say" things to you, even if it doesn't have a speech synthesiser, by displaying them on a terminal in response to your commands. This usage often confuses mundanes.
References in classic literature ?
In school there was as little literature then as there is now, and I cannot say anything worse of our school reading; but I was not really very much in school, and so I got small harm from it.
Now what there was in the glance of Nada I cannot say, but I know that Zinita, who was afraid of few things, found something to fear in it.