On Sat, 30 Mar 2002, Michael Kimsal wrote:

> Alberto Wagner wrote:
> > Why everyone uses $foo or $foobar as examples?
> >
> >
> >
> Why not?  They are relatively benign words that are simply to
> type and aren't terribly language centric.
> $moo and $moocow would work just as well, or $asdf or $qwerty
> or others.
> As far as I know, they have no specific connotation,
> but they've been used as placement holder names since
> at least the early 80's when I started programming.

Yes, the manual for Microsoft's M80 8080 macro assembler was the first
time I came across foo and bar. This was dated 1979.


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