= C =
computer confetti n.
Syn. chad. [obs.] Though this
term was common at one time, this use of punched-card chad is not a
good idea, as the pieces are stiff and have sharp corners that
could injure the eyes. GLS reports that he once attended a wedding
at MIT during which he and a few other guests enthusiastically
threw chad instead of rice. The groom later grumbled that he and
his bride had spent most of the evening trying to get the stuff out
of their hair.
[2001 update: this term has passed out of use for two reasons; (1)
the stuff it describes is now quite rare, and (2) the term
chad, which was half-forgotten in 1990, has enjoyed a revival.
--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.