Date: Fri, 17 May 1996 08:31:28 EDT
From: Arnold Zwicky zwicky[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]LING.OHIO-STATE.EDU
Subject: Re: biff
Net folklore has it that the guy who wrote the function named
it after his dog.
the story of biff is told, i believe, in The Hacker's Dictionary
(my copy of which is in my california house, alas, but it's
available several places on the net).
biff, the dog, barked whenever the mail carrier came.
and the guy who wrote the function was a woman. a specific
known woman; my daughter, who is a large-scale unix
systems administrator, knows her, but i, being a linguist
who knows infinitestimal amounts about unix, have forgotten
arnold (zwicky[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ling.ohio-state.edu)