Persistent Pings?

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I came across the word following phrase in the Reader's Digest (March 2009) issue. Would someone help me understand what it means?

"Practice the three p's: polite, persistent pings. Stay in consistent contact with employers..."

My problem is the word ping. The dictionary says it means high pitched sound. But how does it fit in this context?
  • cuchuflete

    Senior Member
    There is another, more appropriate, dictionary definition:


    send a message from one computer to another to check whether it is reachable and active; "ping your machine in the office"

    Your example is a figurative use of the verb. It simply means to communicate, persistently and politely, with [potential?] employers. A simpler, less modern expression with a similar meaning is "stay in touch with".


    Senior Member
    I have never come across this figurative use before, but as a person who knows what "ping" means in the world of computers, I was able to understand it instantly. I really don't know if the average American (a rare species I have not frequently encountered in my 60+ years) would understand it, but most of those under the age of 30 with some computer literacy should get it.
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