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hysterical reasons
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(Or "hysterical raisins") A variant on the stock phrase "for
historical reasons", indicating specifically that something
must be done in some stupid way for backward compatibility,
and moreover that the feature it must be compatible with was
the result of a bad design in the first place. "All IBM PC
video adaptors have to support MDA text mode for hysterical
reasons." Compare bug-for-bug compatible.