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snark

[Lewis Carroll, via the Michigan Terminal System] 1. A system failure. When a user's process bombed, the operator would get the message "Help, Help, Snark in MTS!"

2. More generally, any kind of unexplained or threatening event on a computer (especially if it might be a boojum). Often used to refer to an event or a log file entry that might indicate an attempted security violation. See snivitz.

3. UUCP name of snark.thyrsus.com, home site of the Hacker Jargon File versions 2.*.*.

snark

elusive imaginary animal. [Br. Lit.: The Hunting of the Snark]
See: Quarry
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While Carroll was writing up his antivivisection pieces for the popular press, he was also engaged in the composition of his most ambitious nonsense poem, The Hunting of the Snark (1876).
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The wheel in the drawing is from a bathing machine, an object of great fascination to Dodgson and which appears in some of his humorous poems - notably The Hunting Of The Snark.
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