A person replied in private email that EIEIO is a reference to the
song about Old Macdonald.
Well, I already knew that. In Finnish, the song begins: "Piippolan
vaarilla oli talo, hiialahiialahei!" The problem is how to translate
the error message "Computer bought the farm" in Finnish in such a way
that people will 1) associate it with the song and 2) understand what
kind of error it is.
Before I got the Hurd to boot, I translated the message as "Piippilän
vaarilla oli talo", "piippi" referring to beeps. At that time, I
didn't know the Hurd could actually generate this error. But it does,
so I now need to know the meaning of the error -- not just the meaning
of its name.
Similarly for EGRATUITOUS.