Re: [Rd] typo in ?NotYetImplemented

From: Barry Rowlingson <>
Date: Tue 25 Jan 2005 - 21:47:10 EST

Torsten Hothorn wrote:

>                       # reference is made automagically

  While not found in ordinary dictionaries, there is a reference in the Jargon File and the Free Online Dictionary of Computing:

automagically /aw-toh-maj'i-klee/ adv. Automatically, but in a way   that, for some reason (typically because it is too complicated, or too   ugly, or perhaps even too trivial), the speaker doesn't feel like   explaining to you. See magic. "The C-INTERCAL compiler generates C,   then automagically invokes `cc(1)' to produce an executable."

  This term is quite old, going back at least to the mid-70s in jargon   and probably much earlier. The word `automagic' occurred in advertising (for a shirt-ironing gadget) as far back as the late 1940s. """

  although I've found nowadays people just using it automatically for 'automatically', probably because it sounds cooler.

  At least R source code doesn't look like this:


[with apologies to the authors of printvector.c]

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