= G =
Good Thing n.,adj.
[very common; always pronounced as if
capitalized. Orig. fr. the 1930 Sellar & Yeatman parody of British
history "1066 And All That", but well-established among
hackers in the U.S. as well.] 1. Self-evidently wonderful to
anyone in a position to notice: "A language that manages dynamic
memory automatically for you is a Good Thing." 2. Something that
can't possibly have any ill side-effects and may save considerable
grief later: "Removing the self-modifying code from that shared
library would be a Good Thing." 3. When said of software tools or
libraries, as in "YACC is a Good Thing", specifically connotes
that the thing has drastically reduced a programmer's work load.
Oppose Bad Thing.
--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.