DNF Article

Bryan Sutherland bryan.sutherland at gmail.com
Sun Feb 8 21:26:41 UTC 2015

Well, now that things have calmed down, I did not mention it to start a
war, it was really just an amusing observation that I'd made when I saw the
thread (which is the only reason I mentioned it).  Glen, thanks for the
article, I haven't really used DNF yet and any help will be beneficial
since the behaviours of thing can drastically in a few cases compared to

Lastly, no NASCAR here, I'm in Canada... Not enough traction on the ice


On Sun, Feb 8, 2015 at 4:12 PM, Stephen John Smoogen <smooge at gmail.com>

> On 7 February 2015 at 15:44, Máirín Duffy <duffy at fedoraproject.org> wrote:
>> I asked if it was a NASCAR thing bc if DNF means did not finish, it must
>> have something to do with racing. I have a lot of experience in running and
>> the leagues and road races I've ran in never used the term afaik. I have
>> also watched the Boston Marathon in person more than once and I've never
>> heard the term. So I thought maybe it was from auto racing, and I thought
>> Bryan was from NC where NASCAR is quite popular so maybe it is a regional
>> term. There was no negative connotation meant by asking if it was
>> associated with NASCAR, I was just grasping at straws since I'd never heard
>> of it.
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Did_Not_Finish
> I have seen it in horse racing and car racing in many forms.
> Does it have bad connotations? Yes but if you go look for how people will
> make up bad connotations for any letter combination (First Out on Race Day,
> Garbage Machine, Infernal Bowel Movement, Cheesey Data Corporation, etc.)
> The best way to deal with it is know that it has one and then make fun of
> it before the other guys do.
>> Either way it really seems like racing jargon to me, not part of the
>> general lexicon, and not really a concern. If it is a concern the correct
>> place to bring it up is with the developers, not here.
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