Baz



baz

/baz/ The third metasyntactic variable “Suppose we have three functions: FOO, BAR, and BAZ. FOO calls BAR, which calls BAZ…” (See also fum). Occasionally appended to foo to produce “foobaz”.
Early versions of the Hacker Jargon dictionary derived “baz” as a Stanford corruption of bar. However, Pete Samson (compiler of the TMRC lexicon) reports it was already current when he joined TMRC in 1958. He says “It came from “Pogo”. Albert the Alligator, when vexed or outraged, would shout “Bazz Fazz!” or “Rowrbazzle!” The club layout was said to model the (mythical) New England counties of Rowrfolk and Bassex (Rowrbazzle mingled with Norfolk/Suffolk/Middlesex/ Essex).”
[Jargon File]
(2008-06-30)
Contemporary Examples

But this is baz Luhrmann and you—especially you—knew what you were getting into when you walked into that theater.
‘The Great Gatsby’ Debate: Is Baz Luhrmann’s Film Genius or Rubbish? Marlow Stern, Isabel Wilkinson May 10, 2013

This song was recorded for the soundtrack to the not-so-well received baz Luhrmann spectacle The Great Gatsby.
Sigur Rós, MGMT & More Best Music Videos of the Week (VIDEO) Victoria Kezra August 10, 2013

Director baz Luhrmann was enlisted to craft a short film in which the two women converse across time.
Prada and Schiaparelli Exhibit Opens at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Robin Givhan May 6, 2012

The Great Gatsby makes a comeback in a new film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by baz Luhrmann.
Mark Zuckerberg’s Opening Bell, Gatsby Returns, and More Viral Videos The Daily Beast Video May 25, 2012

We all remember the trailer: a glittering, era-transcending piece of baz Luhrman splendor.
Great Gatsby Costumes Were Designed By Miuccia Prada Isabel Wilkinson August 21, 2012

Historical Examples

As for Bel-sarbi, or Shar-sarbi, the god of baz, they appear to be titles rather than names.
The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria Morris Jastrow

Ran named them and he said we could call Jean’s, Ruby, and mine baz.
The Four Corners Amy Ella Blanchard

The baz men are hereditary builders, and migrate in a body to Mosul in winter in order to undertake such work.
The Cradle of Mankind W.A. Wigram

The district of Jelu is under a bishop whose spiritual jurisdiction also extends over baz.
Discoveries among the Ruins of Nineveh and Babylon Austen H. Layard

The female goshawk is known as a baz, and is worth anything up to Rs.
Jungle Folk Douglas Dewar

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