Do you find yourself trying to make sense out of CAPTCHA, those word verifications that you enter to let the web know you are not a machine?
The term “CAPTCHA” (based upon the word capture) was coined in 2000 by Luis von Ahn, Manuel Blum, Nicholas J. Hopper, and John Langford (all of Carnegie Mellon University). It is a contrived acronym for “Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart.”
Does a dozen definitions distract, delight and dismay you? Here they are hot off the neurons of a certified non machine.
1. Pyhlsh – a well dressed person who phishes.
2. Entwit – the intestines of a bothersome person.
3. Ditings – the sound made by manual typewriters.
4. Drexho – a loose woman who associates with Drex in the Morning.
5. Encialk – an enchalada made with chalk for people with pica.
6. Aphang – One of the front lateral incisors of a vampire or werewolf.
7. Bessper – The mother of Geraldo Rivera on April 7, 2007.
8. Corpo – a white blood cell of an obese head, of an incorporated business is a corpulent corporate corpuscle or corpo for short.
9. Itslyl – your place to buy and sell all things information technology.
10. Unkepic – a messy long narrative.
11. Imbagrap – Rap music popularized by bag ladies and played exclusively on instant messaging.
12. Bandited – being robbed by a thief wearing a bandanna or visible band aids or both.
Send me your huddled masses of CAPTCHA and I will be most grateful.
© 2010 J.B. Vadeboncoeur