Glork! A Glossary for Gweeps

Even users should grok this cuspy sampler of computerese

Since computers can understand only two words, variously defined as yes and no, on and off, or zero and one, computer scientists have devised a babel of "languages" that translate human wishes into some variation of the computer's two words. BASIC is the language of most desktop personal computers, originally written for Dartmouth students in the mid-1960s; FORTRAN is an earlier attempt used mainly for scientific problems; Logo is designed for children; and Ada is used mainly for military problems.*

While they were at it, the computer scientists began creating a jargon of...

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