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Wednesday, December 28th, 2005

Elbow and Send – Definition

I’m sure many of you have wondered about the true meaning of the term “elbow and send”, and have been searching high and low for the definition. You’ve gone to Wikipedia and seen the absence, you’ve tried using define in Google, you’ve Googled the term and checked out all those links, with so many disappointments.

Well, I have, too. And I’m not giving out any links to my obscure references, so only people who really want to know, the ones who have gone through what I have gone through, will be interested, and they’ll be coming straight here from search engines. I’m going to post the count.

I have my own thoughts on what the phrase actually means… but I don’t want to prejudge anyone. I invite you to submit comments. [Update – see comments below for my submission]

It’s my conclusion that the phrase is a total insider joke. I’ve been a geek long enough that if it was true geek speak, I’d know it. If it was l33t – well, there have been plenty of dictionaries made for that moronic fad. Virtually all the references point back to the original source, with a couple of trying-to-sound cool imitators using it in what they hope is in context. It’s entirely possible that the entire blogging feud is a pretext for seeding the phrase out and seeing how far it spreads, you power-mad fiends!

Well, if I’ve been suckered in, I have to say that it’s all been worth it. The posts are hilarious, and the animation is teh boss.

[As promised, here’s my visitor report:]
Total: 30 – 1/9/06
Search engines:
Google Blog Search
Google UK
Google Australia
Google Canada

Posted by Greg in People


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4 Responses to “Elbow and Send – Definition”

  1. Techno-tard says:

    Those posts are pretty funny – and the animation is great. I wish I could do that for my brother’s 50th birthday roast! Our concept is animation similar to that (sort of the South Park thing) where Matt is an Evil Genius Consultant giving advice to Hitler, Pol Pot, Idi Amin, Saddam, etc. Oh, to have that knowledge. but being tardo has it’s limitations; I’m still trying to find time to get a handle on PHP…

    As to the “elbow and send”, it looks like a lot of people are trying to find out what it means, and I agree with you, I think that trio just wanted to see if they could coin a phrase. And it looks like it’s working.

  2. Jerry Ann says:

    It can’t really be l33t because it’s using all regular letters.
    Other than people asking what it means, and nobody answering… the only places “elbow and send” come up is within the Feuding Blogs. Either they are conducting a study to see how many people they can confuse, or it’s just an inside joke they are using. I interpret the meaning as being similar to elbowing someone next to you and saying “know what I mean? eh? A nudge is as good as a wink to a blind bat!”

  3. Greg says:

    Big jump in traffic today, so I did the search myself. I’ve crept up to number 5 in Google, so this is starting to get serious. I’d better feed the lions before they start to eat me.

    Here’s my theory:
    On a lot of keyboards (maybe most) there’s a symbol on the Enter key – damned thing doesn’t have a HTML special character code – that looks like an arrow going down and to the left. A lot of us old geezer-geeks remember it as the Return key on a typewriter. I think this is the “elbow”, based on physical resemblance. Now that we have a lot of young’uns who use Linux (and remember, WW is a big Linux user – he used to boast on The Screen Savers that he never used Windows), the geezers aren’t the only ones familiar with the command line, where you painstakingly type out a long line of letters and numbers and hit Enter at the end. So the Enter, or “elbow”, signifies completing an action.

    However, a lot of us never took typing lessons, since that was something only girls who wanted to be secretaries did – keyboards/monitors for computers being a relatively recent innovation. So lots of times after you hit the Enter key, you got an electronic scolding, or it did something you didn’t want it to do, or it did nothing at all. So Enter isn’t the last word.

    Along comes email, where clicking “Send” was what you did when you had everything finished and ready to go.

    So I think “enter and send” basically means “point complete and ready for publication”, a significant distinction for people who tend to think out loud and speaking before processing the thought for social correctness (geeks), or who invent things like the digital cameras or iPods in their heads before they can finish their last sentence (geeks). And for that loving touch, the phrase and its usage have a technological historical precedent – it bears a strong resemblance to “STOP” in telegrams – the telegraph being the great granddaddy to its electronic communications descendant – the Internet. So it’s also an homage.

    That’s my idea. Feel free to comment.

  4. Doofusdan says:

    By George, I think you’ve got it! (seriously.)

    Elbow and send.