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/kwuhks/ [Mythically, from the Latin semi-deponent verb quuxo,
quuxare, quuxandum iri; noun form variously "quux" (plural
"quuces", anglicised to "quuxes") and "quuxu" (genitive plural
is "quuxuum", for four u-letters out of seven in all, using up
all the "u" letters in Scrabble).] 1. Originally, a
metasyntactic variable like foo and foobar. Invented by
Guy Steele for precisely this purpose when he was young and
naive and not yet interacting with the real computing
community. Many people invent such words; this one seems
simply to have been lucky enough to have spread a little. In
an eloquent display of poetic justice, it has returned to the
originator in the form of a nickname.
2. See foo; however, denotes very little disgust, and is
uttered mostly for the sake of the sound of it.
3. Guy Steele in his persona as "The Great Quux", which is
somewhat infamous for light verse and for the "Crunchly"