same-day service

<humour, operating system>

An ironic term used to describe long response time, particularly with respect to MS-DOS system calls (which ought to require only a tiny fraction of a second to execute). Such response time is a major incentive for programmers to write programs that are not well-behaved.

See also PC-ism.

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Last updated: 1996-12-17

Nearby terms:

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