Date: Thu, 18 Jan 2007 06:37:27 -0500
Reply-To: Peter Flom <flom@NDRI.ORG>
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From: Peter Flom <flom@NDRI.ORG>
Subject: Re: OT: More FOO
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And here I thought FOO came from the OLD OLD joke popular among
least, it was popular in the dark ages when I was a pre-adolescent)
foo bird and its peculiar defecatory habits.....
>>> David L Cassell <davidlcassell@MSN.COM> 01/18/07 2:22 AM >>>
>Word of the Day for Wednesday, January 17, 2007
>foofaraw \FOO-fuh-raw\, noun:
>1. Excessive or flashy ornamentation or decoration.
>2. A fuss over a matter of little importance.
>Sorry, I could help it, with the penchant for FOO, and all:
>data FOO ;
>data FOOfuhraw ; * <- programming for fabulous job security? ;
>Department of Epidemiology
>Rollins School of Public Health
>Atlanta, GA 30322
It is generally regarded that the original use of 'foo' in the computer
programming biz came as an in-joke, from the nonsense word 'foo'
used in the (extremely) old comic strip "Smokey Stover". The comic's
author, Bill Holman, never gave anyone a straight answer about where
HE got the word. And since he died nearly 20 years ago, he's not likely
to help out now.
So maybe there's a connection to 'foofaraw'.
David L. Cassell
3115 NW Norwood Pl.
Corvallis OR 97330
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