/feep/ 1. The soft electronic “bell” sound of a display terminal (except for a VT-52); a beep (in fact, the microcomputer world seems to prefer beep).
2. To cause the display to make a feep sound. ASR-33s (the original TTYs) do not feep; they have mechanical bells that ring. Alternate forms: beep, “bleep”, or just about anything suitably onomatopoeic. (Jeff MacNelly, in his comic strip “Shoe”, uses the word “eep” for sounds made by computer terminals and video games; this is perhaps the closest written approximation yet.) The term “breedle” was sometimes heard at SAIL, where the terminal bleepers are not particularly soft (they sound more like the musical equivalent of a raspberry or Bronx cheer; for a close approximation, imagine the sound of a Star Trek communicator’s beep lasting for five seconds). The “feeper” on a VT-52 has been compared to the sound of a ’52 Chevy stripping its gears. See also ding.
/fee’pr/ The device in a terminal or workstation (usually a loudspeaker of some kind) that makes the feep sound.
- Feeping creature
[feeping creaturism] An unnecessary feature; a bit of chrome that, in the speaker’s judgment, is the camel’s nose for a whole horde of new features. [Jargon File]
- Feeping creaturism
/fee’ping kree”ch*r-izm/ A deliberate spoonerism for creeping featurism, meant to imply that the system or program in question has become a misshapen creature of hacks. This term isn”t really well defined, but it sounds so neat that most hackers have said or heard it. It is probably reinforced by an image of terminals prowling about […]
noun 1. See under (def 4a). [fee] /fi/ noun 1. a charge or payment for professional services: a doctor’s fee. 2. a sum paid or charged for a privilege: an admission fee. 3. a charge allowed by law for the service of a public officer. 4. Law. 5. a gratuity; tip. verb (used with object), […]