American programmer and writer
WORDS ABOUT WORDS
Hackers, as a rule, love wordplay and are very conscious and inventive in their use of language. These traits seem to be common in young children, but the conformity-enforcing machine we are pleased to call an educational system bludgeons them out of most of us before adolescence. Thus, linguistic invention in most subcultures of the modern West is a halting and largely unconscious process. Hackers, by contrast, regard slang formation and use as a game to be played for conscious pleasure.
Eric Raymond, American programmer and writer, The New Hackers Dictionary, 1991
Posted on August 23, 2000 at 11:03 AM