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Postby Steogede » Fri Jun 30, 2006 11:19 am

Anyone ever heard the term 'stiffy drive' seems it quite common in South Africa to call a 3.5 inch floppy drive a stiffy drive.

Just thought I would share that with you all.
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Postby TheDoctor » Fri Jun 30, 2006 12:19 pm

I've never heard this, but I surmise that it's been around a long while.

To remind people, and inform the young, 5.25inch (and 8 inch) floppy disks were genuinely floppy. 3.5 inch ones, which I first saw around 1987, are not. To state the obvious, 3.5 inch ones are only called 'floppy' because they fulfil the same function as the older varieties.

I suppose someone decided not to separate words and meaning in this way and so coined the term 'stiffy'. I'd have more expected it from the Australians, but - hey- who said the world had to work the way I expected it?

Does 'stiffy' have a sexual connotation in South Africa?
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Postby alloydog » Fri Jun 30, 2006 12:33 pm

Yes, it seems stiffies are alive and well:
AlltheWeb.com: Web results for "stiffy drive"...
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Postby Hello » Thu Jul 06, 2006 9:51 pm

alloydog wrote:Yes, it seems stiffies are alive and well:
AlltheWeb.com: Web results for "stiffy drive"...


Well owrth a click it may be childish but it made me laugh
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Postby nelz » Thu Jul 06, 2006 10:15 pm

TheDoctor wrote:To state the obvious, 3.5 inch ones are only called 'floppy' because they fulfil the same function as the older varieties.


And the because the disks are still floppy, it's only the casing that is rigid. Unlike hard disks where the disks are also rigid.

It's a shame disk naming got less imaginative, with "Compact Discs" (which are less compact than floppy disks). "Round shiny disks" would have been a better name. Then DVDs would be "Big round shiny disks" :)
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Postby Nigel » Fri Jul 07, 2006 7:53 am

Yes, "Linux Format, Big Round Shiny Disc edition" does have a certain ring to it :D

And Mike would be the "Big Round Shiny Disc Editor" :lol:
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Postby nelz » Fri Jul 07, 2006 8:13 am

That title would have been more appropriate for me :(
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Postby Nigel » Fri Jul 07, 2006 8:25 am

Probably... so does that mean Mike would be the "Little Big Round Shiny Disc Editor" :?:
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Postby M-Saunders » Fri Jul 07, 2006 8:36 am

What about laserdiscs?

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Postby Nigel » Fri Jul 07, 2006 8:48 am

Giant Round Shiny Discs ?
Haven't seen one of those for years...
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Postby nelz » Fri Jul 07, 2006 9:06 am

Obsolete Round Shiny Discs :)
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Postby pins » Fri Jul 07, 2006 7:57 pm

isn't "round ... disc", redundant: there aren't non-round discs, are there?
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Postby nelz » Fri Jul 07, 2006 9:47 pm

Well, it started off with disks but got corrupted along the way.
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Postby shifty_ben » Fri Jul 07, 2006 11:24 pm

With the exception of the LXF coverdisk, all the disks I seem to receive through the post (i.e. please please please come over to AOL) are termed shiny coffee mats, and on the odd occassion bouncy frisbees :)
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Postby nelz » Sun Jul 09, 2006 10:19 am

How about "microwave pyrotechnic enhancers"? :)
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