= N =
neats vs. scruffies
neat hack n.
[very common] 1. A clever technique. 2. A
brilliant practical joke, where neatness is correlated with
cleverness, harmlessness, and surprise value. Example: the Caltech
Rose Bowl card display switch (see Appendix A for
discussion). See also hack.
--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.