I was reading The New Hacker’s Dictionary (by Eric S. Raymond, of The Cathedral and the Bazaar fame) on Google Books today. What a great read! Here’s one quote that brings out the flavor of the piece: “…it has been truly said that hackers have even more words for equipment failures than Yiddish has for obnoxious people.” And that’s saying a lot.
If you’re at all interested in nerdom, you should check out the book. It’s dated (1996) but a great read.