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

  luser
   /loo'zr/, n.
  
          user;+esp.+one+who+is+also+a+loser.+({luser">[common] A user; esp. one who is also a loser. ({luser and
          loser are pronounced identically.) This word was coined around
          1975 at MIT. Under ITS, when you first walked up to a terminal at
          MIT and typed Control-Z to get the computer's attention, it printed
          out some status information, including how many people were already
          using the computer; it might print "14 users", for example. Someone
          thought it would be a great joke to patch the system to print "14
          losers" instead. There ensued a great controversy, as some of the
          users didn't particularly want to be called losers to their faces
          every time they used the computer. For a while several hackers
          struggled covertly, each changing the message behind the back of the
          others; any time you logged into the computer it was even money
          whether it would say "users" or "losers". Finally, someone tried the
          compromise "lusers", and it stuck. Later one of the ITS machines
          supported luser as a request-for-help command. ITS died the death in
          mid-1990, except as a museum piece; the usage lives on, however, and
          the term luser is often seen in program comments and on Usenet.
          Compare mundane, muggle, newbie, chainik.
  
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