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Mar
9
comment Where does the word (magic) cookie come from?
The answer that makes the most sense is that "cookie" comes from the Unix/hacker term "magic cookie", which refers to an "opaque" piece of data that is passed from program to program (e.g. web server to web browser) that is not meant to be understood by any program except the one that created it and is expected to be sent back unchanged. The Unix system call pair "ftell/fseek" is an older example. The term "magic cookie" probably refers to fortune cookies, which hide the contents of their data. This fits in with the historical connection between hacker culture and Chinese food.
Jan
2
answered Idiom that means trying to save something that is beyond saving
Dec
15
comment Is there a saying or proverb for a situation where the weakest party will always lose?
I heard that the "dog" in this saying is not English but Hebrew, in which the word "dog" means "fish". Otherwise, it makes no sense, since dogs do not actually eat each other, but larger fish constantly eat smaller fish.
Oct
31
comment What is the etymology of “first crack”
What does the "box" refer to?
Oct
31
asked What is the etymology of “first crack”
Sep
29
revised General term for muggle-type terms?
added 10 characters in body
Jul
3
comment Answering a question with another question when the answer is obviously 'Yes'
Some Popes have had Jewish ancestry although it invariably only came out many years after their death. The same thing was recently discovered about Cardinal O'Conner
Jul
2
awarded  Curious
Jul
2
comment Answering a question with another question when the answer is obviously 'Yes'
Why do people do this instead of answering directly?
Oct
27
awarded  Famous Question
Oct
3
awarded  Nice Question
Sep
30
comment A night without sleeping
I think I was thinking of the French "nuit blanche"
Jul
29
awarded  Yearling
Jul
29
accepted applying modern standards / morals to a past era
Jul
29
asked applying modern standards / morals to a past era
Jul
23
comment Why use “of” in the phrase “delivered of a baby”?
Putting this into historical context... it was not so long ago that pregnancy was a life-threatening condition that many women did not get through alive (and it still is, though to a much lesser extent). To "be delivered" of this danger (and thus no longer be in fear of it) was quite an occasion to be celebrated, even overshadowing the new life itself.
Jul
19
awarded  Scholar
Jul
19
accepted Are all fees becoming “nominal”?
Jul
19
comment Are all fees becoming “nominal”?
@MετάEd, none of the definitions you referenced covers the situation of every single fee, which is how it is being used
Jul
18
answered What's the relation of the word “fallout” with the hypothesis of a nuclear disaster?