Horked

What Does Horked Mean?

In IT, “horked” is a term used to describe some type of hardware or software that is broken or ruined. This word has a number of meanings in general English, but has this particular meaning when applied to IT.

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Techopedia Explains Horked

In the general English lexicon, the word “hork” can refer to vomiting, stealing or any number of actions, but in the tech world it is most often used to describe a state of disrepair or a lack of utility. One common example is when someone says something like – “this computer is showing the blue screen of death. It’s horked.”

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Margaret is an award-winning technical writer and teacher known for her ability to explain complex technical subjects to a non-technical business audience. Over the past twenty years, her IT definitions have been published by Que in an encyclopedia of technology terms and cited in articles by the New York Times, Time Magazine, USA Today, ZDNet, PC Magazine, and Discovery Magazine. She joined Techopedia in 2011. Margaret's idea of a fun day is helping IT and business professionals learn to speak each other’s highly specialized languages.