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Entry from July 08, 2017
“What language is most commonly used in programming?"/"Profanity.”

A “Troutman Postulate” of computer programming was published in 1980:

“5. PROFANITY IS THE ONE LANGUAGE ALL PROGRAMMERS KNOW BEST.”

The wording is often slightly changed into a query. “What is the most common language used in programming? ... Profanity #ProgrammingJokes” was posted on Twitter on AUgust 16, 2009.


Google Books
21 July 1980, InfoWorld, “News of the Nets” by Art Childs,
SUBJ: TROUTMAN’S POSTULATES
TO: ALL
FROM: WIZARD OF LAWNDALE
DATE: 03/12/80
(...)
5. PROFANITY IS THE ONE LANGUAGE ALL PROGRAMMERS KNOW BEST.

Google Groups: net.jokes
Murphy’s Law List part 2
ritcv!kar
4/18/83
(...)
Troutman’s Second Programming Postulate: Profanity is the one language all programmers know best.

Google Books
The Complete Murphy’s Law:
A Definitive Collection

By Arthur Bloch
Los Angeles, CA: Price Stern Sloan
1990
Pg. 114:
Profanity is the one language all programmers know best.

Google Groups: rec.humor
Great gobs of one-line humorous sayings
Alan Silverstein
2/8/90
(...)
Profanity is the one language all programmers know best.

Google Groups: rec.humor
Programmers
APUC...@idbsu.idbsu.edu
7/14/92
Q:  What language do all programmers know?
A:  Profanity.

Google Groups: alt.humor
What language do all programmers know?
Craig Bennett
8/30/01
What language do all programmers know?
Profanity. 

Twitter
❤️ FizzyDuck ❤️‏
@FizzyDuck
What is the first programming language you learn when studying computer science? Profanity
4:09 AM - 10 Apr 2009

Twitter
thquark‏
@thequark
What is the most common language used in programming? ... Profanity #ProgrammingJokes
9:30 AM - 16 Aug 2009

Twitter
Matthew Turland‏
@elazar
Q: What’s the most common language used in programming? A: Profanity.
10:29 AM - 22 Oct 2013

Reddit—ProgrammerHumor
What’s the most used language in programming? (self.ProgrammerHumor)
submitted August 20, 2015 by alejandroalkoba
Profanity.

DevDojo
10 Awesome Programming Jokes
by devdojo
on January 2, 2016
(...)
Q: What is the most used language in programming?
A: Profanity.

Reddit—ProgrammerHumor
What is the most used language in programming? (self.ProgrammerHumor)
submitted June 8, 2017 by F22Rapture
Profanity.

Reddit—Jokes
What language is most commonly used in programming?
submitted July 8, 2017 by blackbrandt
Profanity.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityMedia/Newspapers/Magazines/Internet • Saturday, July 08, 2017 • Permalink