= I =
IRC /I-R-C/ n.
[Internet Relay Chat] A worldwide "party
line" network that allows one to converse with others in real
time. IRC is structured as a network of Internet servers, each of
which accepts connections from client programs, one per user. The
IRC community and the Usenet and MUD communities overlap
to some extent, including both hackers and regular folks who have
discovered the wonders of computer networks. Some Usenet jargon
has been adopted on IRC, as have some conventions such as
emoticons. There is also a vigorous native jargon,
represented in this lexicon by entries marked `[IRC]'. See also
--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.