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ABEND: [ABnormal END] /o'bend/, /*-bend'/ n. Abnormal
   termination (of software); crash; lossage.  Derives from an
   error message on the IBM 360; used jokingly by hackers but
   seriously mainly by code grinders.  Usually capitalized, but may
   appear as `abend'.  Hackers will try to persuade you that ABEND is
   called `abend' because it is what system operators do to the
   machine late on Friday when they want to call it a day, and hence
   is from the German `Abend' = `Evening'.