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In the 1970s, while I was employed by the MIT AI lab as a system hacker, the people I spoke with at MIT were mainly hackers too. (They included everyone who worked on developing the Incompatible Timesharing System that we used.) At the end of a conversation with another hacker, I felt a need for a way to wish that person plenty of hacking fun — something that would be comparable to "Have a nice trip" or "Happy birthday," however in regard to hacking rather than a trip or a birthday.

The sentence I thought of was, "Happy hacking." It is short for, "May you have happy hacking."


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