obscure = O = off the trolley

octal forty /ok'tl for'tee/ n.

Hackish way of saying "I'm drawing a blank." Octal 40 is the ASCII space character, 0100000; by an odd coincidence, hex 40 (01000000) is the EBCDIC space character. See wall.

--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.

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