Parkinson's Law of Data = P = parse

parm /parm/ n.

Further-compressed form of param. This term is an IBMism, and written use is almost unknown outside IBM shops; spoken /parm/ is more widely distributed, but the synonym arg is favored among hackers. Compare arg, var.

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

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