[TUHS] Grep (was: TUHS Digest, Vol 32, Issue 12)
Greg 'groggy' Lehey
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Thu Jul 19 12:50:29 AEST 2018
On Wednesday, 18 July 2018 at 9:47:44 -0400, John P. Linderman wrote:
> "Grep" as a verb expanded beyond files. I recall a friend saying they were
> "grepping for their keys on the dresser".
It's interesting to note that the Oxford English Dictionary has
included grep`both as a noun and as a verb in 2003. From the noun:
Etymology: < grep, a string of characters used as a command in the
Unix operating system < the initial letters of global(ly)
search regular expression print.
The string g/re/p (where re stands for the regular
expression searched for) was earlier used in a Unix text
editor as the syntax for a sequence of commands
performing the same operation as grep.
Here your usage:
2. trans. slang (usually humorous). Of a person: to search; to scan visually.
1984 The Doctor's New Clothes in net.tv.drwho (Usenet newsgroup) 16
Aug. Peter Davison happened across his clothes while grepping
the TARDIS for the Zero Room.
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