#======= THIS IS THE JARGON FILE, VERSION 4.3.1, 29 JUN 2001 =======#
This is the Jargon File, a comprehensive compendium of hacker slang
illuminating many aspects of hackish tradition, folklore, and humor.
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--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.