A generic term for Usenet and other fora distributed via NNTP (and sometimes still UUCP). While "Usenet" properly describes only the Big Eight hierarchies, "netnews" describes all possible similar fora.

netlag = N = netrock

netnews /net'n[y]ooz/ n.

1. The software that makes Usenet run. 2. The content of Usenet. "I read netnews right after my mail most mornings."

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

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