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 for ABEND
From V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (February 2016) :

  ABEND
         ABnormal END (Netware)
         

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  ABEND
   /a?bend/, /@?bend?/, n.
  
      [ABnormal END]
  
      1. Abnormal termination (of software); crash; lossage. Derives from an
      error message on the IBM 360; used jokingly by hackers but seriously mainly
      by code grinders. Usually capitalized, but may appear as ?abend?. Hackers
      will try to persuade you that ABEND is called abend because it is what
      system operators do to the machine late on Friday when they want to call it
      a day, and hence is from the German Abend = ?Evening?.
  
      2. [alt.callahans] Absent By Enforced Net Deprivation ? used in the subject
      lines of postings warning friends of an imminent loss of Internet access.
      (This can be because of computer downtime, loss of provider, moving or
      illness.) Variants of this also appear: ABVND = ?Absent By Voluntary Net
      Deprivation? and ABSEND = ?Absent By Self-Enforced Net Deprivation? have
      been sighted.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  ABEND
  
      /o'bend/, /*-bend'/ ABnormal END.  Abnormal
     termination (of software); crash; lossage.  Derives from
     an error message on the IBM 360; used jokingly by hackers
     but seriously mainly by code grinders.  Usually capitalised,
     but may appear as "abend".  Hackers will try to persuade you
     that ABEND is called "abend" because it is what system
     operators do to the computer late on Friday when they want to
     call it a day, and hence is from the German "Abend" =
     "Evening".
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (1994-11-08)
  

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