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Shibboleet

October 15, 2010 by staff 

Shibboleet, The web comic XKCD struck gold once more comic this morning. The band of amateur research, but humor cleverly invented a new word: Shibboleet.
XKCD in the world is a secret code to bypass unnecessary technical support. When you seem to know more about computers than the professionals who “help” you, just mention this passphrase to be redirected to a real engineer. “Hey, in the future, if you’re on a support call, you can say” shibboleet, “the code word at any time and you will automatically be transferred to someone who knows a minimum of two programming languages, “jokes an engineer in the comic, which was released Friday.

Shibboleet is a mix of “leet” and “Shibboleth”.

“Leet” (mostly “1337″) is a code cracker half-joke for the elite, or qualified. A programmer or gamer leet is at the top of his game

“Shibboleth” comes from the Bible. Its the Hebrew word for an ear of corn, but requires a true native accent to pronounce correctly. Because the word was so difficult for foreigners to say, Shibboleth has become a code word for the ancient Israelites, a gift that someone was dead an intruder. Now, Shibboleth is a catchall term for any custom or belief, which establishes a group of people outside of the other. The idea has been used throughout the television series “The West Wing,” in which the President of fiction to say whether the religious refugees really believed in Christianity, for the video game “Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater” who used “The li lo read” as a password because it was difficult for officers to pronounce Chinese.

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