What are "jiffies" and why do we have a timer?

Mercer, PA(Zone 5a)

What does it mean? I like Jiffy peanut butter. :~)

Timer: 22.65 jiffies (0.22652411460876).

Oostburg, WI(Zone 5b)

Hi tc, there's a thread on the Dave's Garden forum called New Member Page that deals with jiffies. It's posted on Feb. 6, '04. Either go there or put jiffies in the search and it comes up as the third link. I should do a link for you but still haven't gotten around to reading the 'how to' on that. :(

Mercer, PA(Zone 5a)

Thanks Kooger! I found the following quote from Horseshoe, he's such a cool dude.

"Jiffies" a dave-ism meaning a very short span of time, as in "be there in a jiffy!"

I appreciate you tellin me how to find out what it meant kooger.


Literally, a jiffy is 1/100th of a second. 100 jiffies means 1 second. It tells me (and you) how long the computer took to generate and serve that webpage to you.


Mercer, PA(Zone 5a)

Would that be using the geologic time scale Dave? ;~)

Thanks Dave, your answer was quite adequate.

In fact it was very much so, if I may correct myself.


Interesting. I just looked up jiffy on dictionary.com for fun, and they agree! :)


1. The duration of one tick of the computer's system
clock. Often one AC cycle time (1/60 second in the US and
Canada, 1/50 most other places), but more recently 1/100 sec
has become common.

Mercer, PA(Zone 5a)

Well say no more Dave. Interesting indeed.


Scotia, CA(Zone 9b)

That is interesting. The term "In a jiffy" has been around for a lot more years than computers but now it has a precise duration added to bring it up to date.

Mercer, PA(Zone 5a)

I wonder if it had anything to do with peanut butter?

Oostburg, WI(Zone 5b)

Probably not - takes a whole lot more than a Jiffy to get peanut butter down! lol

Mercer, PA(Zone 5a)

Lol Koog! ;~)

Broaddus, TX(Zone 8b)

8b Lake Sam Rayburn, Southeast, TX
An interesting thread, indeed. However, I must get back outside & move potted plants into green house. In a jiffy, we'll have our first, frost.

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