= O =
oriental food n.
Hackers display an intense tropism
towards oriental cuisine, especially Chinese, and especially of the
spicier varieties such as Szechuan and Hunan. This phenomenon
(which has also been observed in subcultures that overlap heavily
with hackerdom, most notably science-fiction fandom) has never been
satisfactorily explained, but is sufficiently intense that one can
assume the target of a hackish dinner expedition to be the best
local Chinese place and be right at least three times out of four.
See also ravs, great-wall, stir-fried random,
laser chicken, Yu-Shiang Whole Fish. Thai, Indian,
Korean, and Vietnamese cuisines are also quite popular.
--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.