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Posted October 6, 2008 - By Stephen Johnson

Urban Dictionary is our weekly feature to increase your wordification skillz--in other words, boost the vocab, increase to maximum verbosity, expand your linguistics, pimp your lexicon and otherwise make with the new words. Today's new Acronym: FUD

Acronym for "Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt." Originally created to refer to smear campaigns used by IBM against competing products to maintain market share -- "Nobody ever got fired for buying IBM." Often used to refer to a marketing campaign centered around the use of scare tactics or ad hominem attacks towards one's competitors.

"The SCO case versus Linux is FUD, plain and simple."

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