A sprightly lexicon.—William Safire, New York Times Magazine—
For anyone who likes to have slippery, elastic fun with language, this is a time for celebration…The New Hacker’s Dictionary…is not only a useful guidebook to very much un-official technical terms and street tech slang, but also a de facto ethnography of the early years of the hacker culture.
My current favorite is ‘wave a dead chicken.’ New to you? You’ve waved a dead chicken when you’ve gone through motions to satisfy onlookers (suits?), even when you’re sure it’s all futile. Raymond’s book exhilarates…The New Hacker’s Dictionary, though, is not for skimming. Allot, each day, a half hour, severely timed if you hope to get any work done.