= M =
meta /me't*/ or /may't*/ or (Commonwealth) /mee't*/
[from analytic philosophy] One level of
description up. A metasyntactic variable is a variable in notation
used to describe syntax, and meta-language is language used to
describe language. This is difficult to explain briefly, but much
hacker humor turns on deliberate confusion between meta-levels.
See hacker humor.
--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.