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There is an extensive computer culture, framed around programming, dating from the seventies, with a spillover into net culture. See the On-line Jargon File to get a feel for the critical and cynical attitudes within this hacker culture, its delight in language, its marked impatience with bullshit, its wonderful sense of humour. Two sample definitions:

ACK: /ak/ interj. 1. [from the ASCII mnemonic for 0000110]
Acknowledge.  Used to register one's presence. An appropriate response to {ping} or {ENQ}.
ABEND: [ABnormal END] /o'bend/, /*-bend'/ n. Abnormal termination (of software); {crash}; {lossage}.  Derives from an error message on the IBM 360; used jokingly by hackers but seriously mainly by {code grinder}s.Usually capitalized, but may appear as `abend'.  Hackers will try to persuade you that ABEND is called `abend' because it is what system operators do to the machine late on Friday when they want to call it a day, and hence derives from the German `Abend' = Evening'.