The Jargon File, Version 2.9.10, 01 Jul 1992

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#========= THIS IS THE JARGON FILE,
VERSION 2.9.10, 01 JUL 1992 =========#
This is the Jargon File, a comprehensive
compendium of hacker slang illuminating many
aspects of hackish tradition, folklore, and humor.
This document (the Jargon File) is in the public
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