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plaid screen

plaid screen: [XEROX PARC] n. A `special effect' that occurs
   when certain kinds of memory smashes overwrite the control
   blocks or image memory of a bit-mapped display.  The term "salt and
   pepper" may refer to a different pattern of similar origin.
   Though the term as coined at PARC refers to the result of an error,
   some of the X demos induce plaid-screen effects deliberately
   as a display hack.