/frob'nits/, plural "frobnitzem" /frob'nit-zm/ or "frobni" /frob'ni:/ (TMRC) An
unspecified physical object, a widget. Also refers to electronic black boxes.
This rare form is usually abbreviated to "frotz", or more commonly to frob. Also
used are "frobnule" (/frob'n[y]ool/) and "frobule" (/frob'yool/). Starting
perhaps in 1979, "frobozz" /fr*-boz'/ (plural: "frobbotzim" /fr*-bot'zm/) has
also become very popular, largely through its exposure as a name via Zork. These
variants can also be applied to nonphysical objects, such as data structures.
Pete Samson, compiler of the original TMRC lexicon, adds,q "Under the TMRC
(railway) layout were many storage boxes, managed (in 1958) by David R. Sawyer.
Several had fanciful designations written on them, such as "Frobnitz Coil Oil".
Perhaps DRS intended Frobnitz to be a proper name, but the name was quickly
taken for the thing". This was almost certainly the origin of the term.
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