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# mess-dos

/mes-dos/ n. Derisory term for MS-DOS. Often followed by the ritual banishing "Just say No!" See {MS-DOS}. Most hackers (even many MS-DOS hackers) loathe MS-DOS for its single-tasking nature, its limits on application size, its nasty primitive interface, and its ties to IBMness (see {fear and loathing}). Also mess-loss', messy-dos', mess-dog', mess-dross', mush-dos', and various combinations thereof. In Ireland and the U.K. it is even sometimes called Domestos' after a brand of toilet cleanser.