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cookie (KOOK-ee) noun

A handle, transaction ID, or other token of agreement between cooperating programs. "I give him a packet, he gives me back a cookie." The claim check you get from a dry-cleaning shop is a perfectly mundane example of a cookie; the only thing it's useful for is to relate a later transaction to a preceding one (so you get the same clothes back). Now mainstream in the specific sense of web-browser cookies.

"Many Web sites you visit put little gremlins called cookies right into your computer. They sit quietly in your machine. When you go back to the site, the cookies announce your presence." Jane Bryant Quinn and Dori Perrucci, Money Watch, Good Housekeeping, Aug 2000.

This week's theme: words from the hackers' jargon.


At a dinner party one should eat wisely but not too well, and talk well but not too wisely. -W. Somerset Maugham, novelist, dramatist, and short-story writer (1874-1965)

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