@cancel@royniang@lains@neauoire The earliest uses of 'snarf' known to me are the window system 'mux' and text editor 'jim', both made for a Blit terminal and Research Unix V8 (iirc). This is the early 80's.
@kvik@royniang@lains@neauoire OK, well, now the Plan 9 Snarf thing makes a little more sense :) I'm guessing they didn't want to use Xerox's "copy" action name, because "copy" already meant to copy a file, and in the early 80s, there wasn't as much reason to follow existing GUI vocabulary. Just my guess, though.
@cancel@royniang@lains@neauoire I think that sounds about right. As you mentioned Xerox, notice that Plan 9 (and earlier) GUI programs of the Labs descent often have a 'zerox' action which is used to clone the current file view into a new window. :)
@kvik@royniang@lains@neauoire I wonder if that's a double-joke, because the Oberon button bar action thing labeled "Copy" will clone the window :P (It also calls copying text as copying, and copying files as copying.)
@cancel@royniang@lains@neauoire I think I remember someone mentioning it was initially just 'xerox', since that was a popular verb to use for the action at the time. They then had to change it because of trademark or something.