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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Used as a placeholder word or metasyntactic variable.


From the seminal text adventure game Adventure (c.1975), where it served as a "magic word"; possibly originated as a mnemonic for the subscripts of the cross product in mathematics. (Wiktionary)



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  • I know this word from the infocom game Zork. c. 1980.

    January 8, 2013