4.2 = 0 = @-party

pred // [Usenet; orig. fr Oxford University] Abbreviation for "predictable", used to signify or preempt reponses that are extremely predictable but have to be filled in for the sake of form (the phrase is bracketed by <pred>...</pred>). X-Pred headers in mail or news serve the same end. Figuring out the connection between the X-Pred tagline and the thread is part of the entertainment. For example, it is said that any thread about taxation must contain a reference to Raquel Welch, if only to stop other people from mentioning her. This is allegedly due to a Monty Python sketch where a character declares that he would tax Raquel Welch, and he has a feeling she would tax him.

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

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