= B =
BOF /B-O-F/ or /bof/ n.
1. [common] Abbreviation
for the phrase "Birds Of a Feather" (flocking together), an
informal discussion group and/or bull session scheduled on a
conference program. It is not clear where or when this term
originated, but it is now associated with the USENIX conferences
for Unix techies and was already established there by 1984. It was
used earlier than that at DECUS conferences and is reported to have
been common at SHARE meetings as far back as the early 1960s.
2. Acronym, `Beginning of File'.
--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.