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text, chat The LaTeX command used with end to delimit an
environment within which the text is formatted in a certain
way. E.g. begintable...endtable.
Used humorously in writing to indicate a context or to remark
on the surrounded text. For example:
Predicate logic is the only good programming
language. Anyone who would use anything else
is an idiot. Also, all computers should be
tredecimal instead of binary.
Scribe users at CMU and elsewhere used to use @Begin/@End
in an identical way (LaTeX was built to resemble Scribe). On
Usenet, this construct would more frequently be rendered as
"FLAME ON" and "FLAME OFF" (a la HTML), or "#ifdef
FLAME" and "#endif FLAME" (a la C preprocessor).