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11.13. What's an obhack? An obquestion? An objoke?

Ob stands for obligatory. When someone posts a message to a newsgroup or mailing list that is not particularly on the topic of that forum, they sometimes will include an obligatory statement that is on topic. For example, I might post a message about transcendental signifiers in, but end with the line:
ObInternet: Like Trivia? finger !!
thereby absolving me of my sin of rambling off-topic.

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