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pred // [Usenet; orig. fr Oxford University] Abbreviation for
"predictable", used to signify or preempt reponses that are
extremely predictable but have to be filled in for the sake of form
(the phrase is bracketed by <pred>...</pred>). X-Pred headers in
mail or news serve the same end. Figuring out the connection
between the X-Pred tagline and the thread is part of the
entertainment. For example, it is said that any thread about
taxation must contain a reference to Raquel Welch, if only to stop
other people from mentioning her. This is allegedly due to a Monty
Python sketch where a character declares that he would tax Raquel
Welch, and he has a feeling she would tax him.
--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.