The Computer Contradictionary, Second Edition

The Computer Contradictionary, Second Edition

By Stan Kelly-Bootle





"Ascertain the meaning before consulting this dictionary," warns the author of this collection of deliberately satirical misdefinitions. New computer cultures and their jargons have burgeoned since this book's progenitor, "The Devil's DP Dictionary", was published in 1981. This updated version of Stan Kelly-Bootle's romp through the data processing lexicon is a response to the "Unix pandemic" that has swept academia and government, to the endlessly hyped panaceas offered to the MIS, and to the PC explosion that has brought computer terminology to a "hugely bewildered, lay audience.' The original dictionary, a pastiche of Ambrose Bierce's famous work, parried chiefly the mainframe and mini-folklore of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. This revision adds over 550 new entries and enhances many of the original definitions. Key targets are "a host of new follies crying out for cynical lexicography including: the GUI-Phooey iconoclasts, object orienteering and the piping of BLObs down the Clinton-Gore InfoPike."


Out of Print ISBN: 9780262112024 255 pp. | 6 in x 8.9 in


$25.00 X ISBN: 9780262611121 255 pp. | 6 in x 8.9 in


  • [The Computer Contradictionary] is ultimately a manual to our industry, computer history, and much of your universe as it really ought to be. It is also the first dictionary you're likely to read in one sitting. Enjoy!

    Andrew Binstock

    UNIX Review

  • With his mind-numbing grasp of English, literature, computer history,and programmer culture, Stan is the Umberto Eco of programming.

    Ron Burk

    Windows Developer's Journal