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The Jargon File

(version 4.4.7)


Table of Contents

Welcome to the Jargon File
I. Introduction
1. Hacker Slang and Hacker Culture
2. Of Slang, Jargon, and Techspeak
3. Revision History
4. Jargon Construction
Verb Doubling
Soundalike Slang
The -P Convention
Overgeneralization
Spoken inarticulations
Anthropomorphization
Comparatives
5. Hacker Writing Style
6. Email Quotes and Inclusion Conventions
7. Hacker Speech Style
8. International Style
9. Crackers, Phreaks, and Lamers
10. Pronunciation Guide
11. Other Lexicon Conventions
12. Format for New Entries
13. Jargon File's change log.
II. The Jargon Lexicon
Glossary
III. Appendices
A. Hacker Folklore
The Meaning of "Hack"
TV Typewriters: A Tale of Hackish Ingenuity
A Story About "Magic"
Some AI Koans
Tom Knight and the Lisp Machine
Moon instructs a student
Sussman attains enlightenment
Drescher and the toaster
OS and JEDGAR
The Story of Mel
B. A Portrait of J. Random Hacker
General Appearance
Dress
Reading Habits
Other Interests
Physical Activity and Sports
Education
Things Hackers Detest and Avoid
Food
Politics
Gender and Ethnicity
Religion
Ceremonial Chemicals
Communication Style
Geographical Distribution
Sexual Habits
Personality Characteristics
Weaknesses of the Hacker Personality
Miscellaneous
C. Helping Hacker Culture Grow
Bibliography