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  • noun computing A program that produces its own source code as output.
  • verb philosophy To deny the existence or significance of something obviously real or important.


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From the name of the logician Willard van Orman Quine, via Douglas Hofstadter.


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  • a girl

    July 18, 2007

  • Also a verb (after the logician Quine), listed in The Philosophical Lexicon and made famous by Daniel Dennett's paper Quining Qualia. 'To deny resolutely the existence of importance of something real or significant.'

    October 23, 2007

  • Is it not also a noun, something which refers to itself?

    Here's a longer explanation quine

    June 13, 2008

  • A young girl in Scots language.

    February 21, 2009

  • Doric rather than Scots, especially in modern times as it appears to be no longer current in Fife.

    February 21, 2009

  • Bilby, what's the difference between Doric and Scots? I mentioned Scots because my mother is from Aberdeen and she used the word 'quine' to mean a young girl (the male equivalent being 'loon'). My mother referred to her language (when she wasn't speaking American English) as Scots. I've never heard people refer to themselves as speaking "Doric".

    February 27, 2009

  • We're traipsing along the unmarked jungle borders of dialect and language here. I'd never heard of Doric until a year and a half ago when a friend, from Aberdeen, described herself as speaking Doric. She provided me some samples, both written and spoken. All in all it was quite fascinating. If I remember correctly she called Doric 'Scots as spoken in the Aberdeen area', distinctive mainly for a large number of words that are perhaps understood but not in common use elsewhere. But as you can see dangleberry has a Doric list so we could ask him for clarification. For a very comprehensive introduction to the Scottish language picture I recommend this site.

    February 27, 2009

  • "A program that generates a copy of its own source text as its complete output. Devising the shortest possible quine in some given programming language is a common hackish amusement."

    April 16, 2009

  • This word used as verb (with exhaustive definition) in Douglas Hofstader's "Godel, Escher, Bach". His usage is based on the name of Quine, the logician.

    July 8, 2009