(SF fandom, originally as mutation of HHOK, “Ha Ha Only Kidding”) A phrase (often seen abbreviated as HHOS) that aptly captures the flavour of much hacker discourse. Applied especially to parodies, absurdities, and ironic jokes that are both intended and perceived to contain a possibly disquieting amount of truth, or truths that are constructed on in-joke and self-parody.
The Jargon File contains many examples of ha-ha-only-serious in both form and content. Indeed, the entirety of hacker culture is often perceived as ha-ha-only-serious by hackers themselves; to take it either too lightly or too seriously marks a person as an outsider, a wannabee, or in larval stage. For further enlightenment on this subject, consult any Zen master. See also AI koan.
[hahn] /hɑn/ noun 1. Otto, 1879–1968, German chemist: Nobel Prize 1944. /German haːn/ noun 1. Kurt. 1886–1974, German educationalist. During the Nazi era he escaped to Britain, where he founded Gordonstoun School (1935) and helped to establish the Duke of Edinburgh’s award scheme 2. Otto (ˈɔto). 1879–1968, German physicist: discovered the radioactive element protactinium with […]
[hah-nuh-muh n; German hah-nuh-mahn] /ˈhɑ nə mən; German ˈhɑ nəˌmɑn/ noun 1. (Christian Friedrich) Samuel [kris-chuh n free-drik sam-yoo-uh l;; German kris-tee-ahn free-drikh zah-moo-el] /ˈkrɪs tʃən ˈfri drɪk ˈsæm yu əl;; German ˈkrɪs ti ɑn ˈfri drɪx ˈzɑ mu ɛl/ (Show IPA), 1755–1843, German physician: founder of homeopathy. /German ˈhaːnəman/ noun 1. (Christian Friedrich) Samuel […]
[hah-nee-uh m] /ˈhɑ ni əm/ noun, Chemistry, Physics. 1. a proposed name for . Symbol: Ha. [yoo-nil-pen-tee-uh m] /ˌyu nɪlˈpɛn ti əm/ noun, Chemistry, Physics. 1. a former name of . Symbol: Unp. [doob-nee-uh m, duhb-] /ˈdub ni əm, ˈdʌb-/ noun, Chemistry, Physics. 1. a superheavy, synthetic, radioactive element with a very short half-life. Symbol: […]
[hahy-duh] /ˈhaɪ də/ noun, plural Haidas (especially collectively) Haida for 1. 1. a member of an Indian people inhabiting the Queen Charlotte Islands in British Columbia and Prince of Wales Island in Alaska. 2. the language of the Haida people, part of the Na-Dene language group. /ˈhaɪdə/ noun 1. (pl) -das, -da. a member of […]