View Full Version : hypochondriac for computers?

08-20-2001, 09:56 PM
Is there a term for some one who imagines things wrong with their computer when everything is fine? I've encountered someone who fits this definition but was wondering if there is a term I can sum it up in...

08-21-2001, 06:17 AM
The term is "user". http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach him to use the net, and he wont bother you for weeks.

08-24-2001, 08:03 PM
Yawningdog was not sleeping on that one http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/biggrin.gif http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/biggrin.gif http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/biggrin.gif http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/cool.gif
Psabi, I think you have your "Term" now

If I tell you to think for yourself, then your not doing it.
This is not directed at those asking questions in order to gain knowledge. That shows you are thinking.

08-31-2001, 12:04 PM
Hypochondria = hypochondriasis (from Late Latin): the abdomen, supposedly the seat of melancholy. Hypo = meaning in this case "below" since it refers to the epigastrium, just "below" the lowest ribs.

By analogy with the above may I suggest:

Hypovisceria (a noun, now newly coined by me, from adj. visceral) = viscera: the intestines, guts. By extension: I have a gut feeling that the computer is about to crash. Visceral = characterized by intuition or instinct rather than intellect. Hypo = meaning in this case an abnormally low level of (whatever).
Hypovisceriac = Somebody with a chronic abnormal gut feeling that the PC is faulty in some way (and insufficient intuition to tackle this imagined problem) even in the absence of any evidence of faults on technical examination. http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/confused.gif

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[This message has been edited by Pianorak (edited 08-31-2001).]