\kˈɒmənwˌɛlθ hˈakɪʃ], \kˈɒmənwˌɛlθ hˈakɪʃ], \k_ˈɒ_m_ə_n_w_ˌɛ_l_θ h_ˈa_k_ɪ_ʃ]\
Definitions of COMMONWEALTH HACKISH
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Hacker jargon as spoken outside the US, especially inthe British Commonwealth. It is reported that Commonwealthspeakers are more likely to pronounce truncations like "char"and "soc", etc., as spelled (/char/, /sok/), as opposed toAmerican /keir/ and /sohsh/. Dots in newsgroup names(especially two-component names) tend to be pronounced moreoften (so soc.wibble is /sok dot wib'l/ rather than /sohshwib'l/). The prefix meta may be pronounced /mee't*/;similarly, Greek letter beta is usually /bee't*/, zeta isusually /zee't*/, and so forth. Preferred metasyntacticvariables include blurgle, "eek", "ook", "frodo", and"bilbo"; "wibble", "wobble", and in emergencies "wubble";"banana", "tom", "dick", "harry", "wombat", "frog", fish,and so on and on (see foo).Alternatives to verb doubling include suffixes "-o-rama","frenzy" (as in feeding frenzy), and "city" (examples: "barfcity!" "hack-o-rama!" "core dump frenzy!"). Finally, notethat the American terms "parens", "brackets", and "braces" for (), , and are uncommon; Commonwealth hackish prefers"brackets", "square brackets", and "curly brackets". Also,the use of "pling" for bang is common outside the UnitedStates.See also attoparsec, calculator, chemist, consolejockey, fish, go-faster stripes, grunge, hakspek,heavy metal, leaky heap, lord high fixer, loose bytes,muddie, nadger, noddy, psychedelicware, plingnet,raster blaster, RTBM, seggie, spod, sun lounge,terminal junkie, tick-list features, weeble, weasel,YABA, and notes or definitions under Bad Thing, barf,bum, chase pointers, cosmic rays, crippleware,crunch, dodgy, gonk, hamster, hardwarily,mess-dos, nibble, proglet, root, SEX, tweak andxyzzy.
By Denis Howe
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