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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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