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MICROSERF

noun; compounding
A technician who works with microcomputers and is employed by a large company to whom he is indefinitely tied through stock options. Interpretation of intended meaning A computer technician who works hard and makes money for a company and is permanently tied to the company's fate through his stock options. This is comparable to the medieval serf who toiled ceaselessly on land that is owned by his overlord, and by virtue of his birth could not leave the land. Presumed reason for coinage The author wished to use a concise term that expresses both the connotation of oppression and also reflects the high-tech environment that he uses as his background. No such term really existed, so he made one. MICROSERF served all those purposes. Also, the similarity in form to the name of the body that he parodied was probably no accident either. Notes MICROSERF has two morphemes: MICRO- and SERF. MICRO-, meaning small, describes both the social and economical status of the MICROSERF (as opposed to the cyberlord he serves) and the microcomputers that he works with. The root SERF states the employment status of the MICROSERF and also brings on an entire connotation of poverty, forced servitude, lack of freedom, and unhappiness, all of which are appropriate to the context. The entire word MICROSERF mimics the company name Microsoft.
 
MICROSERFS
Etymology : from prefix MICRO- and root SERF.
Source : Title of book by Douglas Copeland that parodies Microsoft Inc. MICROSERFS are the technical employees that makes money for the cyberlord, Bill Gates.
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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