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Old buffer

An "old buffer" is...?

Memory storage which needs to be refreshed
19(22.4%)
A retired Chief Petty Officer from the British navy
9(10.6%)
A foolish old man
40(47.1%)
An unfamiliar phrase
12(14.1%)
Something else which will be explained in a comment.
5(5.9%)

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momist
Dec. 22nd, 2011 12:50 am (UTC)
Old buffer
To me, a buffer used to be associated with the end of a railway track. It's the device that stops rolling stock from running off the end, although not, as some people think, to stop many hundred tons of locomotive from running off the end under power.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Train_wreck_at_Montparnasse_1895.jpg

An old buffer then, would be some ancient, or perhaps redundant, railway infrastructure. Memory banks haven't been around long enough to be old in my perspective.

An Old Duffer, is definitely the old man who can't get things right. I'm slowly becoming one.