Ctrl-Alt-Delete


Ctrl-Alt-Delete
(kun.trohl-awlt-duh.LEET)
idiom.
A metaphoric mechanism with which one can reset, restart, or rethink something. —v.
Example Citations:
It's time to hit Ctrl-Alt-Delete on the computerized Bowl Championship Series. Or should we now call it the Bowl Split-Championship Series?
— David Thomas, "Fan's insider," Fort Worth Star Telegram, December 11, 2003
Wouldn't it be nice if whenever we messed up our life, we could simply press Ctrl-Alt-Delete and start all over again?
— "Let it out," The Indianapolis Star, September 8, 2003
Earliest Citation:
I don't know what it is about us computer types. During the holidays, I have a painted-on smile that's bigger than Bozo the Clown's. Each of my relatives finds a different computer trifle to give me, and I have to act appreciative.
— Chris Miksanek, "Ctrl-Alt-Delete those holiday trinkets," Computerworld, December 18, 1995
Notes:
Today's term was inspired by the recent retirement announcement of David Bradley, who, way back in 1980, programmed the original IBM PC to restart (perform a "warm boot," as the geeks say) when the user pressed the Ctrl-Alt-Delete key combination. Also known as the three-fingered salute and the Vulcan nerve pinch, this classic key combo has bailed out untold millions of users when their otherwise unresponsive paperweights, oops, I mean computers had frozen solid due to a slight shift in the barometric pressure. It's a tribute to the resistentialist nature of the computing beast that Ctrl-Alt-Delete remains a part of the Windows operating system to this day. And it's a tribute to the cultural penetration of Ctrl-Alt-Delete that the term is so often used in non-computing contexts, as the citations here show.
Related Words: Categories:

New words. 2013.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Ctrl-Alt-Delete — Cet article concerne la combinaison de touches Ctrl Alt Suppr. Voir également Ctrl+Alt+Del pour le webcomic. Control Alt Delete (souvent abrégé Ctrl Alt Del ou Ctrl Alt Suppr, Suppr étant la version française de la touche Del) est une combinaison …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Ctrl+Alt+Delete (значения) — Ctrl+Alt+Delete: Ctrl+Alt+Del ежедневный комикс о компьютерных играх. Список значений слова или словосочетания со ссылками на соответствующие статьи. Если вы попали сюда из …   Википедия

  • Ctrl-Alt-Del — Ctrl Alt Delete Cet article concerne la combinaison de touches Ctrl Alt Suppr. Voir également Ctrl+Alt+Del pour le webcomic. Control Alt Delete (souvent abrégé Ctrl Alt Del ou Ctrl Alt Suppr, Suppr étant la version française de la touche Del) est …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Ctrl-Alt-Suppr — Ctrl Alt Delete Cet article concerne la combinaison de touches Ctrl Alt Suppr. Voir également Ctrl+Alt+Del pour le webcomic. Control Alt Delete (souvent abrégé Ctrl Alt Del ou Ctrl Alt Suppr, Suppr étant la version française de la touche Del) est …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Ctrl+Alt+Del — Cet article concerne le webcomic Ctrl+Alt+Del. Voir également Ctrl Alt Delete pour la combinaison de touches. Ethan et Lucas. Ctrl+Alt+Del (abrégé CAD) est une bande dessinée en ligne réalisée par Tim Buckley, aussi connu sur Internet sous le… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Ctrl+Alt+Del (webcomic) — Ctrl+Alt+Del Author(s) Tim Buckley …   Wikipedia

  • Ctrl+Alt+Del — Infobox comic strip title = Ctrl+Alt+Del caption = The cover of the DVD release of the first season of the series. author = Tim Buckley url = [http://www.ctrlaltdel online.com http://www.ctrlaltdel online.com] rss = status = Updates every Monday …   Wikipedia

  • Ctrl-Alt-Del (band) — Infobox musical artist | Name = Ctrl Alt Del Img capt = left to right: Pete, Paweu, Selfid, Luk, Domingo Background = group or band Alias = Origin = Poland Genre = Alternative rock Years active = 2002 Present Label = Associated acts = URL =… …   Wikipedia

  • Ctrl+Alt+Del (комикс) — У этого термина существуют и другие значения, см. Control Alt Delete. Ctrl+Alt+Del …   Википедия

  • Control-Alt-Delete — This article is about the keyboard combination. For a list of keyboard shortcuts, see Table of keyboard shortcuts. For other uses, see Control Alt Delete (disambiguation). The keys Control Alt Delete highlighted on a QWERTY keyboard. Control Alt… …   Wikipedia