Re: What does RSS stand for?
Jeff Lowery scripsit: > Reminds when I first saw a BLOB column in a database schema at Boeing and > asked what it was. Turns out it stood for Boeing Large Object BLOB. recursive acronym: n. A hackish (and especially MIT) tradition is to choose acronyms/abbreviations that refer humorously to themselves or to other acronyms/abbreviations. The original of the breed may have been TINT ()Bâ??TINT Is Not TECOâ?). The classic examples were two MIT editors called EINE ()Bâ??EINE Is Not EMACSâ?) and ZWEI (â??ZWEI Was EINE Initially)Bâ?). More recently, there is a Scheme compiler called LIAR (Liar Imitates Apply Recursively), and GNU (q.v., sense 1) stands for )Bâ??GNU's Not Unix!)Bâ? â?? and a company with the name Cygnus, which expands to )Bâ??Cygnus, Your GNU Supportâ? (though Cygnus people say this is a backronym). The GNU recursive acronym may have been patterned on XINU, )Bâ??XINU Is Not Unixâ? â?? a particularly nice example because it is a mirror image, a backronym, and a recursive acronym. See also mung, EMACS. mung: /muhng/, vt. [in 1960 at MIT, )Bâ??Mash Until No Goodâ?; sometime after that the derivation from the recursive acronym )Bâ??Mung Until No Good)Bâ? became standard; but see munge] [definitions omitted] EMACS: /eeÂ´maks/, n. [in part] Indeed, some hackers find EMACS too heavyweight and baroque for their taste, and expand the name as )Bâ??Escape Meta Alt Control Shiftâ?? to spoof its heavy reliance on keystrokes decorated with bucky bits. Other spoof expansions include )Bâ??Eight Megabytes And Constantly Swappingâ?? (from when that was a lot of core), )Bâ??Eventually malloc()s All Computer Storageâ??, and )Bâ??EMACS Makes A Computer Slowâ??. > > -- BALIN FUNDINUL UZBAD KHAZADDUMU jcowan@r... BALIN SON OF FUNDIN LORD OF KHAZAD-DUM http://www.ccil.org/~cowan
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