What is PEBCAK (problem exists between chair and keyboard)? - Definition from WhatIs.com


PEBCAK (problem exists between chair and keyboard)

Part of the Internet acronyms and lingo glossary:

PEBCAK, one of many terms used in Internet chatting, stands for "problem exists between chair and keyboard," meaning it's a problem in user understanding or behavior rather than something wrong with hardware or software. The term is sometimes used by help desk people since it's a common class of problems.

There are several variations, such as PIBKAC (problem is between keyboard and chair). See chat acronyms.

This was last updated in September 2005
Contributor(s): Bill Sedgwick
Posted by: Margaret Rouse

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