- n.1.A celestial object whose phase is very important to
hackers. See PHASE OF THE MOON.
2.Dave Moon (MOON@MC).
- n. The topic of one's mumbling (see MUMBLE). "All that
mumblage" is used like "all that stuff" when it is not quite clear
what it is or how it works, or like "all that crap" when "mumble"
is being used as an implicit replacement for obscenities.
- interj.1.Said when the correct response is either too
complicated to enunciate or the speaker has not thought it out.
Often prefaces a longer answer, or indicates a general reluctance
to get into a big long discussion. "Well, mumble."
used as an expression of disagreement. "I think we should buy it."
"Mumble!" Common variant: MUMBLE FROTZ.
metasyntactic variable, like FOO.
- (often confused with "mung", q.v.) v. To transform information
in a serial fashion, often requiring large amounts of computation.
To trace down a data structure. Related to CRUNCH (q.v.), but
connotes less pain.
- MUNCHING SQUARES
- n. A display hack dating back to the PDP-1, which
employs a trivial computation (involving XOR'ing of x-y display
coordinates - see HAKMEM items 146-148) to produce an impressive
display of moving, growing, and shrinking squares. The hack
usually has a parameter (usually taken from toggle switches) which
when well-chosen can produce amazing effects. Some of these,
discovered recently on the LISP machine, have been christened
MUNCHING TRIANGLES, MUNCHING W'S, and MUNCHING MAZES.
- (variant: MUNGE) [recursive acronym for Mung Until No Good] v.1.
To make changes to a file, often large-scale, usually irrevocable.
Occasionally accidental. See BLT.
2. To destroy, usually
accidentally, occasionally maliciously. The system only mungs
- adj.1.Some large and indeterminate number of objects;
"There were N bugs in that crock!"; also used in its original sense of a
2. An arbitrarily large (and perhaps infinite) number.
3. A variable whose value is specified by the current
context. "We'd like to order N wonton soups and a family dinner
4. NTH:adj. The ordinal counterpart of N. "Now for the
Nth and last time..." In the specific context "Nth-year grad
student", N is generally assumed to be at least 4, and is usually 5
or more. See also 69.