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"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. -- Schlingt dreifach einen Kreis um dies! || John Cowan <jcowan@...> Schliesst euer Aug vor heiliger Schau, || Denn er genoss vom Honig-Tau, || Und trank die Milch vom Paradies. -- Coleridge (tr. Politzer)