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A user of U&L posted the following comment in response to somebody's answer:

That's some neckbeard vomit right there. Nice.

I investigated and discovered that neckbeard, unsurprisingly, means

Facial hair that does not exist on the face, but instead on the neck. Almost never well groomed.

OK, but what is neckbeard vomit? Google only returns four hits for the phrase and one of them is the comment in question. To make matters worse, the poster of the comment seems to consider it a compliment, while to me it seems very much the opposite.

So, what is neckbeard vomit? Is this a geek slang term I have not come across or was it coined by the comment's author?

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I would think that vomit refers to the content of the user's post (i.e., it's dreck) and that neckbeard disparagingly refers to the user. Is it possible that the "Nice" cited in that comment is sarcastic? I'm at work and can't click your link but those are my impressions. –  user22138 Jul 5 '13 at 18:11
    
@longstreth that was my initial impression but no, it seems to be complimentary. It appeared along with an upvote and the author responded to my query by saying " "we should all aspire to that level". It sounds like they were using it as a compliment. –  terdon Jul 5 '13 at 18:16
    
See ell.stackexchange.com/questions/3173/… –  choster Jul 5 '13 at 19:56
    
@choster thanks but it was the positive meaning of vomit derived from the positive meaning of sick that stumped me. I knew sick could be good but vomit I had not heard of. –  terdon Jul 5 '13 at 20:05

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This is an "educated" guess based on my research...

It IS a compliment if you take the alternative meaning of "neckbeard" to refer to a programmer - one who's so focused that they work for a couple days straight without shaving - thus growing a visible amount of "neckbeard". (I got this connotation from a smattering of sites when I Google'd "neckbeard". There wasn't anything official - just comments on Q/A sites).

and then combine that with definition of "vomit" from the Urban Dictionary:

  1. vomit

Vomit-Superlative, or outrageous. More than sick. (Sick is a compliment too)

"That big wave was so sick it was vomit."

So "neckbeard vomit" could be the very excellent work of a dedicated coder.

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Ah, I had never heard of vomit being used in a positive context, thanks, +1. –  terdon Jul 5 '13 at 19:04
    
@terdon, alas, me neither! (feeling old today!) lol! –  Kristina Lopez Jul 5 '13 at 19:14
    
Good grief. (That expression alone probably dates me; Charlie Brown, anyone? I am becoming my father.) +1 anyway. –  Andrew Leach Jul 5 '13 at 19:36
    
@AndrewLeach, at least now you have a cutting-edge expression to add to your vocabulary! Lol! –  Kristina Lopez Jul 5 '13 at 19:43
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@KristinaLopez one might even call it a chucking-edge expression (apologies, I couldn't resist). –  terdon Jul 5 '13 at 19:47

The user in question gave his own explanation which is close but not quite identical to @KristinaLopez's suggestion:

@terdon - The accepted answer on english.stackexchange.com is pretty much right. A neckbeard (at least in the context used by my peers) is an older, wiser UNIX guru (usually someone who started using UNIX back in the sixties or seventies) and the context for "vomit" in this case refers to the unreadability, but succinctness of the answer.

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