= C =
Classic C /klas'ik C/ n.
[a play on `Coke Classic']
The C programming language as defined in the first edition of
K&R, with some small additions. It is also known as `K&R C'.
The name came into use while C was being standardized by the ANSI
X3J11 committee. Also `C Classic'.
An analogous construction is sometimes applied elsewhere: thus,
`X Classic', where X = Star Trek (referring to the original TV
series) or X = PC (referring to IBM's ISA-bus machines as opposed
to the PS/2 series). This construction is especially used of
product series in which the newer versions are considered serious
losers relative to the older ones.
--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.