The Jargon File

Community Building [and dividing] over the Internet

"The word HACK doesn't really have 69 different meanings. In fact, HACK has only one meaning, an extremely subtle and profound one which defies articulation."

-JARGON.TXT

Created in 1975 at the Stanford University Artifical Intelligence Laboratory (SAIL), JARGON.TXT, or the Jargon File, collected together in a lexicon the slang used by young programmers in academia.

Originally intended only for use at Stanford, the Jargon File was FTPed to a computer at the MIT AI Lab, where it began to circulate among all the connected academic computer labs using the then-burgeoning Internet.

The rest, as they say, is history.

Our Journey Begins.