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I saw a link to the current SE podcast on the sidebar on SO and thought I'd check it out because I didn't know what a "florp" is:

community-bulletin

The bulletin didn't describe / define the word.

I Googled it and the top result is NSFW, so I won't include it here. Somehow I don't think that "florp" in the SE context is the same as the Google result.

So what the heck is a "florp"?

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The titles of Stack Exchange podcasts usually come from little jokes in the recording. They don't always make it into the show notes, usually because they are just throwaway lines or passing comments from Joel. They're almost always off topic.

In this case, "florp" was a nonsense word Joel made up. You'll hear it if you listen closely to the podcast. The word's relationship to the Urban Dictionary definition (which I won't link to) and to the Futurama character is purely coincidental.

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    Wow, that's a bad word even in Urban Dictionary standards! Guess Joel wouldn't have used that word if he knew. – Shadow Wizard is Ear For You Apr 24 '14 at 23:11
  • @ShadowWizard Yup. Yeesh. – hairboat Apr 24 '14 at 23:12
  • No point renaming the podcast now, I guess? :) – Shadow Wizard is Ear For You Apr 24 '14 at 23:17
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    @ShadowWizard Maybe if we leave it, our blog post will start to outrank Urban Dictionary in search results! – hairboat Apr 24 '14 at 23:22
  • Excellent point, UD got no chance against SE! – Shadow Wizard is Ear For You Apr 24 '14 at 23:33
  • I thought maybe it was a podcasting startup company or something similar. I was way off. Thanks for the insight! – chue x Apr 25 '14 at 3:30

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