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

  cokebottle
   /kohk'bot?l/, n.
  
      Any very unusual character, particularly one you can't type because it
      isn't on your keyboard. MIT people used to complain about the
      ?control-meta-cokebottle? commands at SAIL, and SAIL people complained
      right back about the ?escape-escape-cokebottle? commands at MIT. After the
      demise of the space-cadet keyboard, cokebottle faded away as serious
      usage, but was often invoked humorously to describe an (unspecified) weird
      or non-intuitive keystroke command. It may be due for a second inning,
      however. The OSF/Motif window manager, mwm(1), has a reserved keystroke for
      switching to the default set of keybindings and behavior. This keystroke is
      (believe it or not) ?control-meta-bang? (see bang). Since the exclamation
      point looks a lot like an upside down Coke bottle, Motif hackers have begun
      referring to this keystroke as cokebottle. See also quadruple bucky.
  

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

  cokebottle
  
      /kohk'bot-l/ Any unusual character,
     particularly one you can't type because it isn't on your
     keyboard.  MIT people used to complain about the
     "control-meta-cokebottle" commands at SAIL, and SAIL
     people complained about the "{altmode-altmode-cokebottle"
     commands at MIT.  After the demise of the space-cadet
     keyboard, "cokebottle" was used less, but was often used to
     describe weird or non-intuitive keystrokes.
  
     OSF/{Motif">The OSF/{Motif window manager, "{mwm}" keystroke for
     switching to the default keybindings and behaviour is
     control-meta-{bang.  Since exclamation mark might be
     thought to look like a Coke bottle, Motif hackers referred
     to this keystroke as "cokebottle".
  
     See also quadruple bucky.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (1995-01-04)
  

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