nature = N = neats vs. scruffies

neat hack n.

[very common] 1. A clever technique. 2. A brilliant practical joke, where neatness is correlated with cleverness, harmlessness, and surprise value. Example: the Caltech Rose Bowl card display switch (see Appendix A for discussion). See also hack.

--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.

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