said by mikefxu:This is more like someone walking into an auto parts store and asking for an alternator even though they have no idea what that is or why they need it. said by Oedipus:
It is a way for those in IT to differentiate between US and THEM.
Instead of looking under your hood and calling a alternator what it is a person calls it a thing-a-ma-bob.
Also when someone calls a magazine a clip.