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  • Foobar — The term foobar is a common placeholder name, also referred to as metasyntactic variable , used in computer programming or computer related documentation. In technology, the word was probably originally propagated through system manuals by… …   Wikipedia

  • Spam (Monty Python) — Spam is a popular Monty Python sketch, first televised in 1970. In the sketch, two customers are trying to order a breakfast from a menu that includes the processed meat product in almost every dish. The term spam (in electronic communication,… …   Wikipedia

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