The Computer Contradictionary
The Computer Contradictionary is a non-fiction book by Stan Kelly-Bootle that compiles a satirical list of definitions of computer industry terms. It is an example of "cynical lexicography" in the tradition of Ambrose Bierce's The Devil's Dictionary. Rather than offering a factual account of usage, its definitions are largely made up by the author.
- Endless loop. See: Loop, endless
- Loop, endless. See: Endless loop
- Recursion. See: Recursion
The Los Angeles Times panned the book, wrote that it was "smartly-titled" but was an "awfully stupid book". ACM Computing Reviews recommended dipping into it because "a dictionary is a difficult read".
- "The Court Jester of Computerdom". Dr Dobb's Electronic Review of Books. Archived from the original on 22 February 1997.
- Raymond, Eric S (1996). The New Hacker's Dictionary - 3rd Edition. MIT Press. pp. 534–535.
- Blackman, A (Mar 1, 1996). "Review: The computer contradictionary (2nd ed.)". ACM Computing Reviews.
- Harris, Krissy. "Dictionaries to De-Encrypt What the Digerati Are Saying". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 29 October 2012.
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