display hack = D = Dissociated Press

dispress vt.

[contraction of `Dissociated Press' due to eight-character MS-DOS filenames] To apply the Dissociated Press algorithm to a block of text. The resultant output is also referred to as a 'dispression'.

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

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