= M =
microLenat /mi:`-kroh-len'-*t/ n.
The unit of bogosity.
Consensus is that this is the largest unit practical for everyday
use. The microLenat, originally invented by David Jefferson, was
promulgated as an attack against noted computer scientist Doug
Lenat by a tenured graduate student at CMU. Doug had failed
the student on an important exam because the student gave only "AI
is bogus" as his answer to the questions. The slur is generally
considered unmerited, but it has become a running gag nevertheless.
Some of Doug's friends argue that of course a microLenat is
bogus, since it is only one millionth of a Lenat. Others have
suggested that the unit should be redesignated after the grad
student, as the microReid.
--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.