/plok’t*/ Press Lots Of Keys To Abort. To press random keys in an attempt to get some response from the system. One might plokta when the abort procedure for a program is not known, or when trying to figure out if the system is just sluggish or really hung. Plokta can also be used while trying to figure out any unknown key sequence for a particular operation. Someone going into “plokta mode” usually places both hands flat on the keyboard and mashes them down, hoping for some useful response.
A slightly more directed form of plokta can often be seen in mail messages or Usenet articles from new users – the text might end with
^X^C q quit :q ^C end x exit ZZ ^D ? help
as the user vainly tries to find the right exit sequence, with the incorrect tries piling up at the end of the message.
press lots of keys to abort
[pluhm] /plʌm/ noun, Surgery. 1. any inert material inserted into a body cavity for therapeutic purposes.
plombage plom·bage (pləm-bäzh’, plôm-) n. The use of an inert material to fill an abnormal cavity in the body.
/ˈpluːmə/ noun 1. William (Charles Franklyn). 1903–73, British poet, novelist, and short-story writer, born in South Africa. His novels include Turbott Wolfe (1926) and The Case is Altered (1932)
[plongk] /plɒŋk/ noun, Chiefly British. 1. inferior or cheap wine. /plɒŋk/ verb 1. (often foll by down) to drop or be dropped, esp heavily or suddenly: he plonked the money on the table noun 2. the act or sound of plonking interjection 3. an exclamation imitative of this sound /plɒŋk/ noun 1. (Brit & Austral, […]