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On 31/07/2018 16:53, Gavin Wraith wrote:
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          Petite Abeille <> wrote:

On Jul 31, 2018, at 1:32 PM, Gavin Wraith <> wrote:

"Duct tape" sounds like a Chelsea pronunciation of "Duck type", if you are into UK accents.

~10 years to the day :D

Good lord, that is a shock! Loss of short term memory. I really had
forgotten. Thank you for your patience.

You have all my sympathy!

During the years software developers have developed (pun intended!) quite a remarkable and peculiar sense of humor when giving name to something, like a new concept or technique.

Sometimes /it is/ somewhat difficult to grasp or remember for people coming from other scientific/engineering fields.

Although I've been programming since I was 13 (I'm 48 now) and I did it professionally for a part of my life, I still (albeit rarely) forget which is which in the SW dev zoo.

Some funny expressions off the top of my head:

bug [1]
shell (as command line interpreter/window)
duck typing
monkey patching
yoda conditions (if you don't know Star Wars saga you're lost!)
easter egg
eat your own dog food
to grok (an idea/concept)
spaghetti code
rubber ducking
to boot (a system)

[1] It's so widespread now that probably it doesn't sound funny anymore! But it seems it's origin may be this:

Some related (and fun) links:

I can't remember exactly, but I once read something on these lines:
"Computer science and programming are a very young disciplines, so developers are like kids in a kindergarten having fun naming things in funny ways" :-D

BTW, not exactly related to terminology, but I stumbled on it while googling for the other links and it's fun:

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