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Provocative Maintenance

/prə-vä-kə-tiv mānt-nən(t)s/

[common ironic mutation of 'preventive maintenance']

n. Actions performed upon a machine at regularly scheduled intervals to ensure that the system remains in a usable state. So called because it is all too often performed by a field servoid who doesn't know what he is doing; this results in the machine's remaining in an *un*usable state for an indeterminate amount of time.

See also scratch monkey.