I chose that term because it had been used in several other previous threads, by long time members, as descriptive of this action. And when webmasters check keywords, they often set the default to 100 per page, at least I know I do, so depending how competitive the search term is, you can get to 700, 800, or more results. The "950 Penalty" doesn't mean specifically that your site shows up at #950, it just represents the bottom of the search results, whatever that number may be. Theoretically, Google returns 1,000 results for a search.
The site I've been concerned about appears to have come out of this penalty, or whatever it is. I'm going to see if it lasts before I get too excited about it, though.