Luser Attitude Readjustment Tool.

1. n. In the collective mythos of scary devil monastery, this is an essential item in the toolkit of every BOFH. The LART classic is a 2x4 or other large billet of wood usable as a club, to be applied upside the head of spammers and other people who cause sysadmins more grief than just naturally goes with the job. Perennial debates rage on alt.sysadmin.recovery over what constitutes the truly effective LART; knobkerries, semiautomatic weapons, flamethrowers, and tactical nukes all have their partisans. Compare clue-by-four.

2. v. To use a LART. Some would add "in malice", but some sysadmins do prefer to gently lart their users as a first (and sometimes final) warning.

3. interj. Calling for one's LART, much as a surgeon might call "Scalpel!".

4. interj. [rare] Used in flames as a rebuke. "LART! LART! LART!"

Source: Jargon File, version 4.3.3, September 2002 (and version 4.4.7, December 2003)

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Links (or: ways to LART people):

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Date created: May 2002
Dates revised: Wed Aug 13 14:01:46 BST 2003, Tue Feb 3 02:24:19 GMT 2004, Tue May 4 01:55:55 BST 2004, Fri Mar 16 14:57:24 GMT 2007