Re: Why is rand special?

Discussion in 'C Programming' started by Roc, Jul 3, 2003.

  1. Roc

    Roc Guest

    > >> Surely you can glark it from context?
    > >
    > > Ah, so is "glark" the olde British spelling of "grok"?

    >
    > No. From the Jargon File:
    >
    > glark: /glark/, vt.
    > To figure something out from context. "The System III manuals are pretty
    > poor, but you can generally glark the meaning from context."

    Interestingly,
    > the word was originally 'glork'; the context was "This gubblick contains
    > many nonsklarkish English flutzpahs, but the overall pluggandisp can be
    > glorked [sic] from context" (David Moser, quoted by Douglas Hofstadter in
    > his Metamagical Themas column in the January 1981 Scientific American). It
    > is conjectured that hacker usage mutated the verb to 'glark' because glork
    > was already an established jargon term (some hackers do report using the
    > original term). Compare grok, zen.
    >
    > I'd have quoted grok to you as well for comparison, but it looks like
    > catb.org just died (presumably temporarily).
    >


    I have to keep dictionary.com open at all times while reading this
    newsgroup. Looks like others do too...
    Roc, Jul 3, 2003
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