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the x that can be y is not the true x

the x that can be y is not the true x in Technology


Yet another instance of hackerdom's peculiar attraction to mystical references - a common humorous way of making exclusive statements about a class of things. The template is from the "Tao te Ching": "The Tao which can be spoken of is not the true Tao." The implication is often that the X is a mystery accessible only to the enlightened. See the trampoline entry for an example, and compare has the X nature.
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The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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