/not’werk/ A network that is performing badly.
Said at IBM to have originally referred to a particular period of flakiness on IBM’s VNET corporate network ca. 1988; but there are independent reports of the term from elsewhere.
The joke sounds better in Russian, where “nyet” means “no”, hence nyetwork /nyet’werk/.
- Not worth a bucket of warm spit
adjective phrase (Variations: spit in the wind or dry spit on a hot day may replace a bucket of warm spit) Of very little value; worthless: The new telephones are not worth a bucket of warm spit/ a cable TV contract for the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island that’s worth about as much as […]
- Not worth a damn
adjective phrase : Those promises aren’t worth a damn adverb phrase Not well at all: This guy doesn’t sing worth a damn/ She doesn’t like me worth a shit (first form 1817+, second 1920s+) Also, not worth a plugged nickel or red cent or bean or hill of beans or fig or straw or tinker’s […]
- Not worth a hill of beans
adjective phrase Worthless; useless (1863+)
- Not worth a plugged nickel
adjective phrase Valueless: His word isn’t worth a plugged nickel [1940s+; a plugged coin was counterfeit or had an insertion of inferior metal]