cargo cult programming
= C =
case and paste
1. A huge volume of spurious error-message
output produced by a compiler with poor error recovery. Too
frequently, one trivial syntax error (such as a missing `)' or
`}') throws the parser out of synch so that much of the remaining
program text is interpreted as garbaged or ill-formed. 2. A chain
of Usenet followups, each adding some trivial variation or riposte
to the text of the previous one, all of which is reproduced in the
new message; an include war in which the object is to create a
sort of communal graffito.
--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.