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Jargon Watch: A Pocket Dictionary for the Jitterati (Hardwired) [Hardcover]

Gareth Branwyn
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Wired Books; Poc edition (26 Jun 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1888869062
  • ISBN-13: 978-1888869064
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 8.9 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,009,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Every era has its own language, every new cu lture its own lingo. Jargon Watch captures the vocabulary of the emerging digital civilization while mocking its newness , and shows what happens to language in a rapidly changing w orld. '

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This little tome gathers together some of the best computerjargon. By definition, it is out of date (whoever says 'betamaxed' these days?) but that blend of old, new and just plain silly (PEBCAK?) is all part of the charm.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Read one a day! 11 Sep 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Fun book - read one a day to your coworkers.
Sometimes very funny.
The only thing I wish it had was the
history of each word.

Other somewhat related classics are "The Zen
of Computer Programming" and "The Tao of Computer
programming" though I don't know if they're still
in print.
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4.0 out of 5 stars fun, jaded, quick read 27 Aug 1998
By John Dennett - Published on Amazon.com
This isn't a book as much as a quick guide to the jaded language of the way new world. I enjoyed it a lot but it isn't a substantial read. Much fun to be had in keeping this one in your desk for those special Dilbert moments.
5.0 out of 5 stars English is a Liquid Language 6 Feb 2001
By Robert Carlberg - Published on Amazon.com
...and Branwyn documents the steady drip, drip, drip of new words, from the already-well-established like webmaster, trolling, e-tailing and spam to cutting edge entries like prairie dogging, kevork, salmon day, keyboard plaque, stress puppy and seagull manager. Keep it by your square-headed girlfriend so you can liven up your e-mail tennis using TLAs with toy value better than dancing baloney. Just don't get caught or you might get uninstalled (decruited).
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