"Automagically" (was: Shoebox)
|From:||John Cowan <jcowan@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, July 20, 2000, 14:21|
Danny Wier wrote:
> Automagically! Another neologism! That's fantabulous!
From the Jargon File
# automagically /aw-toh-maj'i-klee/ adv.
# Automatically, but in a way that, for some reason (typically because
# it is too complicated, or too ugly, or perhaps even too trivial), the
# speaker doesn't feel like explaining to you. See magic. "The C-INTERCAL
# compiler generates C, then automagically invokes
# cc(1) to produce an executable."
# This term is quite old, going back at least to the mid-70s in jargon
# and probably much earlier. The word `automagic' occurred in
# advertising (for a shirt-ironing gadget) as far back as the late 1940s.
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