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Commonwealth Hackish
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Hacker jargon as spoken outside the US, especially in the
British Commonwealth. It is reported that Commonwealth
speakers are more likely to pronounce truncations like "char"
and "soc", etc., as spelled (/char/, /sok/), as opposed to
American /keir/ and /sohsh/. Dots in newsgroup names
(especially two-component names) tend to be pronounced more
often (so soc.wibble is /sok dot wib'l/ rather than /sohsh
wib'l/). The prefix meta may be pronounced /mee't*/;
similarly, Greek letter beta is usually /bee't*/, zeta is
usually /zee't*/, and so forth. Preferred metasyntacticvariables include blurgle, "eek", "ook", "frodo", and
"bilbo"; "wibble", "wobble", and in emergencies "wubble";
"banana", "tom", "dick", "harry", "wombat", "frog", fish,
and so on and on (see foo).
Alternatives to verb doubling include suffixes "-o-rama",
"frenzy" (as in feeding frenzy), and "city" (examples: "barf
city!" "hack-o-rama!" "core dump frenzy!"). Finally, note
that the American terms "parens", "brackets", and "braces" for
(), [], and are uncommon; Commonwealth hackish prefers
"brackets", "square brackets", and "curly brackets". Also,
the use of "pling" for bang is common outside the United