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/mil'*-lamp"sn/ A unit of talking speed, abbreviated mL. Most
people run about 200 milliLampsons. The eponymous Butler
Lampson (a CS theorist and systems implementor highly regarded
among hackers) goes at 1000. A few people speak faster. This
unit is sometimes used to compare the (sometimes widely
disparate) rates at which people can generate ideas and
actually emit them in speech. For example, noted computer
architect C. Gordon Bell (designer of the PDP-11) is said,
with some awe, to think at about 1200 mL but only talk at
about 300; he is frequently reduced to fragments of sentences
as his mouth tries to keep up with his speeding brain.