According to Wired Magazine, it was coined to denote "a rebuttal
written in anticipation of a need to rebut"; what three-syllable neologism is
Etymology, Etymology, and more Etymology
as well as grammar, usage, euphemism, slang, jargon, semantics, linguistics, neologism, idiom, cant, and argot.
The critically-acclaimed board game
consists of tough questions about the nuances of the English language.
According to Wired Magazine ( Jargon
Watch, April 1997), the prebuttal is "a common pre-emptive tactic in
on-line flame wars." Similarly, gossip spread by email is called
word of mouse.
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