bag on the side
= B =
bagbiter /bag'bi:t-*r/ n.
1. Something, such as a
program or a computer, that fails to work, or works in a remarkably
clumsy manner. "This text editor won't let me make a file with a
line longer than 80 characters! What a bagbiter!" 2. A person
who has caused you some trouble, inadvertently or otherwise,
typically by failing to program the computer properly. Synonyms:
loser, cretin, chomper. 3. `bite the bag' vi.
To fail in some manner. "The computer keeps crashing every five
minutes." "Yes, the disk controller is really biting the bag."
The original loading of these terms was almost undoubtedly obscene,
possibly referring to a douche bag or the scrotum (we have reports
of "Bite the douche bag!" being used as a taunt at MIT 1970-1976,
and we have another report that "Bite the bag!" was in common use
at least as early as 1965), but in their current usage they have
become almost completely sanitized.
ITS's lexiphage program was the first and to date only known
example of a program intended to be a bagbiter.
--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.