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Coining Terms

Suppose, then, we invent a word to cover all the ways in which living things might behave in such a way to meet a challenge or to promote survival. Call it "zorking." Thinking, in the human sense, might be one form of zorking, while other species of living things might display other forms of zorking.

Computers won't zork, perhaps, in a fashion that any biological species will, so we need a new word for what they do, too. In my impromptu talk at the computer force, I used the word "grotch" and I suppose that will do as well as any other.

"More Thinking About Thinking," Magazine of F & SF, November 1983
The Subatomic Monster, pg. 137, 138

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