What does PICNIC stand for?

Problem in chair, not in computer

Let’s talk about the slang ‘PICNIC’. This acronym isn’t about a fun day out in the park, but rather a playful jab at a computer user who might not be the sharpest tool in the shed.

When you say someone is having a ‘PICNIC’ moment, you’re implying that the issue isn’t with the device they’re using. Instead, the problem lies with the person operating the device. It’s a polite way of saying that the user is the one causing the glitch, not the computer.

Interestingly, ‘PICNIC’ isn’t the only slang term for this situation. There are similar terms like PIBKAC and PEBCAK that carry the same meaning. All these terms serve to highlight that sometimes, the issue isn’t technical but human error.

Example for using ‘PICNIC’ in a conversation

Hey, can you help me with this computer issue? It’s not working properly.

Sure, what seems to be the problem?

I don’t know, it’s just not doing what I want it to do. It keeps freezing.

Hmm, have you tried restarting it?

No, I haven’t. Let me try that… Okay, now it’s working fine. Thanks!

You’re welcome! Remember, sometimes it’s just a PICNIC.