Kibitzer

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Kibitzer is a Yiddish term for a person who offers (often unwanted) advice or commentary. This term is used for a non-participant spectator in contract bridge, chess, go, and many other games.

The verb kibitz can also refer to idle chatting[1] or side conversations.

In computer science the term is the title of a programming language[2] released by NIST, as a sub-project of the Expect programming language, that allows two users to share one shell session, taking turns typing one after another.

There is a 1930 film called The Kibitzer[3] which is based on the 1929 three-act comedy play by the same name.[4]

Jane Jacobs describes a kibitzer as someone who keeps a look-out on a street, and seeing suspicious activity, intervenes to help the victim. In this way, kibitzers help keep streets safe.[5]

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