Mystical jargon

This post was originally published at on 4 April 2006.

I'm sure this observation has been made elsewhere, but I can't find reference to it online.

Have you ever noticed the prolific use of mystical/fantastical words in computer jargon? I'm sure there is a significance, or at least a tongue-in-cheek pointing to the wizardly ways of early and contemporary computer experts. It is funny I suppose, and when you look at how wide-spread it is, it may be revealing of the hacker psych.

Anyway, here is a list I've compiled (mostly from the Jargon File) of mystical/fantastical terms used in computing:

A similar list could be made of Lewis-Carrol references, or even Douglas Adams.