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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Mit Pr
Publication date August 30, 1991
Pages 400
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780262680691
ISBN-10 0262680696
Availability§ Out of Print
Original list price $12.95
§As reported by publisher
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: From ack to zorch—and with hundreds of other entries in between—The New Hacker's Dictionary is a comprehensive compendium of the remarkable slang used by today's computer hackers. Although it is organized in reference form, it is not a mere technical dictionary or a dry handbook of terms; rather, it offers the reader an armchair tour of hackerdom's myths, heroes, folk epics, in-jokes, taboos, and dreams—a riotous and thought-provoking unveiling of the continent-spanning electronic communities that knit hackers together.

This new edition of the previous best-selling Hacker's Dictionary is completely revised and updated, with almost five times as many entries. In addition to extensive detailing of hacker slang—arcane terms like bagbiter, quux, double bucky, crufty, and frobnitz, as well as better-known words like glitch, snarf, and bogus—The New Hacker's Dictionary also includes some fascinating lessons in hacker jargon construction. For instance, there's verb doubling ("Boy, what a bagbiter! Chomp, chomp!") and verb nouning (disgustitude, hackification), sound-alike slang, overgeneralization, and the -P convention (in which a word is turned into a question by the addition of the syllable "P." Thus, to ask someone to have dinner is "Food-p?" or—even better—to share a bowl of soup is "Split-p soup?").

Appendixes include a selection of classic items of hacker folklore and humor, a composite portrait of "J. Random Hacker," assembled from the comments of over one hundred respondents, and a bibliography of nontechnical works that have either influenced or described the hacker culture.

The New Hacker's Dictionary is compelling as anthropology, as lexicography, as humor, and as perhaps the most revealing portrait to date of the gifted people who are building the future of our information society. It is sure to be enjoyed by everyone from wannabes to wizards.

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Editions for the work The New Hacker's Dictionary
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780262181457
 
from Mit Pr (September 23, 1991)
9780262181457 | details & prices | 400 pages | List price $27.50
This edition also contains The New Hacker''s Dictionary, The New Hacker's Dictionary
About: From ack to zorch—and with hundreds of other entries in between—The New Hacker's Dictionary is a comprehensive compendium of the remarkable slang used by today's computer hackers.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780262680691 Book cover for 9780262680929
 
3 edition from Mit Pr (October 11, 1996)
9780262680929 | details & prices | 547 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 1.25 in. | 2.00 lbs | List price $42.00
About: A listing of computer-buff slang is embellished by the myths, legends, and heroes of a hacker culture
The price comparison is for this edition
from Mit Pr (August 30, 1991)
9780262680691 | details & prices | 400 pages | List price $12.95
This edition also contains The New Hacker''s Dictionary, The New Hacker's Dictionary
About: From ack to zorch—and with hundreds of other entries in between—The New Hacker's Dictionary is a comprehensive compendium of the remarkable slang used by today's computer hackers.
Editions for the work The New Hacker''s Dictionary
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780262181457 Book cover for 9780262181549
 
2 sub edition from Mit Pr (December 1, 1993); titled "The New Hacker's Dictionary"
9780262181549 | details & prices | 6.25 × 9.25 × 1.25 in. | 2.15 lbs | List price $32.00
About: A listing of computer-buff slang is embellished by the myths, legends, and heroes of a hacker culture
from Mit Pr (September 23, 1991); titled "The New Hacker's Dictionary"
9780262181457 | details & prices | 400 pages | List price $27.50
This edition also contains The New Hacker's Dictionary, The New Hacker's Dictionary
About: From ack to zorch—and with hundreds of other entries in between—The New Hacker's Dictionary is a comprehensive compendium of the remarkable slang used by today's computer hackers.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780262680691 Book cover for 9780262680790
 
With John S. Wright | 2nd edition from Mit Pr (December 1, 1993)
9780262680790 | details & prices | 6.00 × 9.00 × 1.25 in. | 1.85 lbs | List price $14.95
This edition also contains Shadowing Ralph Ellison
About: A listing of computer-buff slang is embellished by the myths, legends, and heroes of a hacker culture
The price comparison is for this edition
from Mit Pr (August 30, 1991); titled "The New Hacker's Dictionary"
9780262680691 | details & prices | 400 pages | List price $12.95
This edition also contains The New Hacker's Dictionary, The New Hacker's Dictionary
About: From ack to zorch—and with hundreds of other entries in between—The New Hacker's Dictionary is a comprehensive compendium of the remarkable slang used by today's computer hackers.
Editions for the work The New Hacker's Dictionary
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780262181457 Book cover for 9780262181785
 
3 sub edition from Mit Pr (October 11, 1996)
9780262181785 | details & prices | 547 pages | 6.25 × 9.25 × 1.50 in. | 2.30 lbs | List price $15.75
About: A listing of computer-buff slang is embellished by the myths, legends, and heroes of a hacker culture
from Mit Pr (September 23, 1991)
9780262181457 | details & prices | 400 pages | List price $27.50
This edition also contains The New Hacker''s Dictionary, The New Hacker's Dictionary
About: From ack to zorch—and with hundreds of other entries in between—The New Hacker's Dictionary is a comprehensive compendium of the remarkable slang used by today's computer hackers.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780262680691
 
The price comparison is for this edition
from Mit Pr (August 30, 1991)
9780262680691 | details & prices | 400 pages | List price $12.95
This edition also contains The New Hacker''s Dictionary, The New Hacker's Dictionary
About: From ack to zorch—and with hundreds of other entries in between—The New Hacker's Dictionary is a comprehensive compendium of the remarkable slang used by today's computer hackers.

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