What’s the Good Word

404 (fohr.oh.fohr) adj. Relating to a person who is out of touch or


Example Citation:

“It’s rather silly that teen flicks are racking up huge box office numbers

and Hollywood’s acting like it’s some earth-shattering phenomenon. Studio

execs, you’re so 404.”

?”Gusto,” The Buffalo News, March 5, 1999


This adjective (which appeared originally in Gareth Branwyn’s Jargon Watch

column) comes from the following Web server error message:

404 Not Found. The requested URL was not found on this server.

This would be the Web equivalent of “the lights are on but no one’s home”

and other fulldeckisms.

Posted on September 11, 1996

From: Wordspy

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