2000-10-07

suss

To infer, discover, figure out. Origin in the 1930's as an abbreviation for suspect or suspicion.

Given this definition, I find it satisfying that two of the authors of the Wizard Book (Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs - 2nd Edition) have the last name "Sussman".

The acronym for this book is SICP. This could be interpreted as sic-p in accordance with the "-p" convention, which would translate as "is it thus?" (sic in Latin means "so, thus"). Since the book is about Scheme, a dialect of Lisp, it is particularly appropriate for the book title to be a -p construction.

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