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 for VAX
From V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (September 2014) :

  VAX
         Virtual Address eXtension (DEC, VAX)
         

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  VAX
   /vaks/, n.
  
      1. [from Virtual Address eXtension] The most successful minicomputer design
      in industry history, possibly excepting its immediate ancestor, the PDP-11
      . Between its release in 1978 and its eclipse by killer micros after
      about 1986, the VAX was probably the hacker's favorite machine of them all,
      esp. after the 1982 release of 4.2 BSD Unix (see BSD). Especially noted
      for its large, assembler-programmer-friendly instruction set ? an asset
      that became a liability after the RISC revolution.
  
      It is worth noting that the standard plural of VAX was ?vaxen? and that VAX
      system operators were sometimes referred to as ?vaxherds?
  
      2. A major brand of vacuum cleaner in Britain. Cited here because its sales
      pitch, ?Nothing sucks like a VAX!? became a sort of battle-cry of RISC
      partisans. It is even sometimes claimed that DEC actually entered a
      cross-licensing deal with the vacuum-Vax people that allowed them to market
      VAX computers in the U.K. in return for not challenging the vacuum cleaner
      trademark in the U.S.
  
      A rival brand actually pioneered the slogan: its original form was ?Nothing
      sucks like Electrolux?. It has apparently become a classic example (used in
      advertising textbooks) of the perils of not knowing the local idiom. But in
      1996, the press manager of Electrolux AB, while confirming that the company
      used this slogan in the late 1960s, also tells us that their marketing
      people were fully aware of the possible double entendre and intended it to
      gain attention.
  
      And gain attention it did ? the VAX-vacuum-cleaner people thought the
      slogan a sufficiently good idea to copy it. Several British hackers report
      that VAX's promotions used it in 1986--1987, and we have one report from a
      New Zealander that the infamous slogan surfaced there in TV ads for the
      product in 1992.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  VAX
  
      /vaks/ (Virtual Address eXtension) The most
     successful minicomputer design in industry history, possibly
     excepting its immediate ancestor, the PDP-11.  Between its
     release in 1978 and its eclipse by killer micros after about
     1986, the VAX was probably the hacker's favourite machine,
     especially after the 1982 release of 4.2BSD Unix.
     Especially noted for its large, assembly
     code-programmer-friendly instruction set - an asset that
     became a liability after the RISC revolution.
  
     VAX is also a British brand of carpet cleaner
     http://vax.co.uk/)">(http://vax.co.uk/) whose advertising slogan, "Nothing
     sucks like a VAX!" became a battle-cry of RISC partisans.  It
     is even sometimes claimed that DEC actually entered a
     licencing deal that allowed them to market VAX computers in
     the UK in return for not challenging the carpet cleaner
     trademark in the US.
  
     The slogan originated in the late 1960s as "Nothing sucks like
     Electrolux", Electrolux AB being a rival Swedish company.  It
     became a classic textbook example of the perils of not knowing
     the local idiom, which is ironic because, according to the
     Electrolux press manager in 1996, the double entendre was
     intentional.  VAX copied the slogan in their promotions in
     1986-1987, and it surfaced in New Zealand TV ads as recently
     as 1992!
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (2000-09-28)
  

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