Etlag: [IRC, MUD] N. A Condition That Occurs When The Delays In The {IRC} Network Or On A {MUD} Become Severe Enough That Servers Briefly Lose And Then Reestablish Contac

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:netlag: [IRC, MUD] n. A condition that occurs when the delays in
the {IRC} network or on a {MUD} become severe enough that
servers briefly lose and then reestablish contact, causing messages
to be delivered in bursts, often with delays of up to a minute.
(Note that this term has nothing to do with mainstream "jet lag",
a condition which hackers tend not to be much bothered by.)
-- The AI Hackers Dictionary