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(From the 1930 Sellar and Yeatman parody "1066 And All That") Often capitalised; always pronounced as if capitalised.
1. Self-evidently wonderful to anyone in a position to notice: "The Trailblazer's 19.2 Kbaud PEP mode with on-the-fly Lempel-Ziv compression is a Good Thing for sites relaying netnews".
2. Something that can't possibly have any ill side-effects and may save considerable grief later: "Removing the self-modifying code from that shared library would be a Good Thing".
3. When said of software tools or libraries, as in "Yacc is a Good Thing", specifically connotes that the thing has drastically reduced a programmer's work load.
Opposite: Bad Thing, compare big win.
[Jargon File]
(1995-05-07)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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  • All strange places were Nazareths, and all strangers were Nazarenes, and the cry was, ‘Can any good thing come out therefrom?’

    Lancashire Idylls (1898) Marshall Mather
  • It was a good thing that from any cause the transgressor should find his ways hard.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • Some good thing, after all, could come out of this community—such was the triumphant discovery the lady's manner implied.

    A Modern Chronicle, Complete Winston Churchill
  • And verily it is not a good thing to live in the East for any length of time.

    American Notes Rudyard Kipling
  • It is a good thing, though, that we can give the dogs as much raw meat as they will eat; they certainly require it.

    Farthest North Fridtjof Nansen
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