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 for toy language
From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  toy language
   n.
  
      A language useful for instructional purposes or as a proof-of-concept for
      some aspect of computer-science theory, but inadequate for general-purpose
      programming. Bad Things can result when a toy language is promoted as a
      general purpose solution for programming (see bondage-and-discipline
      language); the classic example is Pascal. Several moderately well-known
      formalisms for conceptual tasks such as programming Turing machines also
      qualify as toy languages in a less negative sense. See also MFTL.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  toy language
  
      A language useful for instructional purposes or as
     a proof-of-concept for some aspect of computer-science theory,
     but inadequate for general-purpose programming.  Bad Things
     can result when a toy language is promoted as a general
     purpose solution for programming (see bondage-and-discipline
     language); the classic example is Pascal.  Several
     moderately well-known formalisms for conceptual tasks such as
     programming Turing Machines also qualify as toy languages in
     a less negative sense.
  
     See also MFTL.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (1995-05-09)
  

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