Date: Fri, 17 May 1996 08:31:28 EDT From: Arnold Zwicky 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 her name. arnold (zwicky[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]