Chad Perrin: SOB

13 September 2006

Happy Programmer’s Day!

Filed under: Geek — apotheon @ 05:51

The 256th day of the year is Programmer’s Day. Have a good one.

3 Comments

  1. And also to you.

    Comment by SterlingCamden — 13 September 2006 @ 06:02

  2. Rather unrelated, but could you explain the joke behind the name Scion of Backronymics? Backronymics isn’t a word as far as I know and I can’t think of anything other words it would have been constructed out of.

    Comment by Mina — 13 September 2006 @ 10:52

  3. The word backronym is a term probably most well known in the hacker (in the programming enthusiast sense) community. Its meaning is, roughly, a backformation acronym: rather than coming up with a multiword term and creating a word from the initials of the words in the term, like HMMWV (pronounced “hummvee”), to create a backronym one starts with a word and comes up with a term whose initialization will spell that word. Thus, the term “backronymics” is a neologism that refers to the science, art, or study of backronyms. A scion, meanwhile, is of course a perfect descendant, an exemplary paragon of the species, often used in antiquity to refer to the heir to a throne.

    The joke arises because I have been using SOB, in backronymic form, for years — and each time I use it for something new, I create a new backronym from it. In this case, it’s especially fun because it is a conceptually recursive backronym, referring in self-aware manner to the very fact that it is itself a backronym descended from previous backronyms that appear at first glance identical (since they’re all S.O.B.) to the casual observer.

    Comment by apotheon — 14 September 2006 @ 02:20

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