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From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :
[Mythically, from the Latin semi-deponent verb quuxo, quuxare, quuxandum
iri; noun form variously ?quux? (plural ?quuces?, anglicized to ?quuxes?)
and ?quuxu? (genitive plural is ?quuxuum?, for four u-letters out of seven
in all, using up all the ?u? letters in Scrabble).]
1. Originally, a metasyntactic variable like foo and foobar. Invented
by Guy Steele for precisely this purpose when he was young and naive and
not yet interacting with the real computing community. Many people invent
such words; this one seems simply to have been lucky enough to have spread
a little. In an eloquent display of poetic justice, it has returned to the
originator in the form of a nickname.
2. interj. See foo; however, denotes very little disgust, and is uttered
mostly for the sake of the sound of it.
3. Guy Steele in his persona as ?The Great Quux?, which is somewhat
infamous for light verse and for the ?Crunchly? cartoons.
4. In some circles, used as a punning opposite of ?crux?. ?Ah, that's the
quux of the matter!? implies that the point is not crucial (compare tip of
5. quuxy: adj. Of or pertaining to a quux.
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