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From: Greg 'groggy' Lehey <>
To: Dave Horsfall <>
Cc: The Eunuchs Hysterical Society <>
Subject: [TUHS] Obscene languages (was: Does anybody know the etymology of the term "word" as in collection of bits?)
Date: Sat, 10 Sep 2022 11:49:20 +1000	[thread overview]
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On Saturday, 10 September 2022 at  7:44:57 +1000, Dave Horsfall wrote:
> COBOL?  FORTRAN?  RPG?  Those are all swear words to me :-)

Is this an indirect reference to the "Programmer's ABC" in the March
1976 issue of Datamation?  I have a copy of the lot at, but the one I think you're
referring to is:

  L is for language; use these three.
  Cobol, Fortran, RPG.
  Avoid all others, friend, and shun
  Those with the suffix "L slash I."

And yes, I share your sentiment.

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      reply	other threads:[~2022-09-10  1:49 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 5+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2022-09-09 19:39 [TUHS] Re: Does anybody know the etymology of the term "word" as in collection of bits? Nelson H. F. Beebe
2022-09-09 20:27 ` Bakul Shah
2022-09-09 21:12   ` Henry Bent
2022-09-09 21:44   ` Dave Horsfall
2022-09-10  1:49     ` Greg 'groggy' Lehey [this message]

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