SAIL = S = salt

salescritter /sayls'kri`tr/ n.

Pejorative hackerism for a computer salesperson. Hackers tell the following joke:

Q. What's the difference between a used-car dealer and a
   computer salesman?
A. The used-car dealer knows he's lying.  [Some versions add:
   ...and probably knows how to drive.]

This reflects the widespread hacker belief that salescritters are self-selected for stupidity (after all, if they had brains and the inclination to use them, they'd be in programming). The terms `salesthing' and `salesdroid' are also common. Compare marketroid, suit, droid.

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

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