Jargon Files

The infamous jargon file

The original Jargon File was a collection of hacker jargon from technical cultures including the MIT AI Lab, the Stanford AI lab (SAIL), and others of the old ARPANET AI/LISP/PDP-10 communities including Bolt, Beranek and Newman (BBN), Carnegie-Mellon University (CMU), and Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).
http://catb.org/jargon/html/revision-history.html

The origin of the word hacker

http://imranontech.com/2008/04/01/the-origin-of-hacker/

The Jargon File

http://catb.org/jargon/html/index.html

Welcome to the Jargon File
I. Introduction

1. Hacker Slang and Hacker Culture
2. Of Slang, Jargon, and Techspeak
3. Revision History
4. Jargon Construction

Verb Doubling
Soundalike Slang
The -P Convention
Overgeneralization
Spoken inarticulations
Anthropomorphization
Comparatives

5. Hacker Writing Style
6. Email Quotes and Inclusion Conventions
7. Hacker Speech Style
8. International Style
9. Crackers, Phreaks, and Lamers
10. Pronunciation Guide
11. Other Lexicon Conventions
12. Format for New Entries

II. The Jargon Lexicon

Glossary

III. Appendices

A. Hacker Folklore

The Meaning of ‘Hack’
TV Typewriters: A Tale of Hackish Ingenuity
A Story About ‘Magic'
Some AI Koans

Tom Knight and the Lisp Machine
Moon instructs a student
Sussman attains enlightenment
Drescher and the toaster

OS and JEDGAR
The Story of Mel

B. A Portrait of J. Random Hacker

General Appearance
Dress
Reading Habits
Other Interests
Physical Activity and Sports
Education
Things Hackers Detest and Avoid
Food
Politics
Gender and Ethnicity
Religion
Ceremonial Chemicals
Communication Style
Geographical Distribution
Sexual Habits
Personality Characteristics
Weaknesses of the Hacker Personality
Miscellaneous

C. Helping Hacker Culture Grow
Bibliography

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