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n. (non-gloss definition: Used as a placeholder word or metasyntactic variable.)

Xyzzy (computing)

Xyzzy is a magic word from the Colossal Cave Adventure computer game. In computing, the word is sometimes used as a metasyntactic variable or as a video game cheat code, the canonical "magic word".


xyzzy or XYZZY may refer to:

  • Xyzzy (computing), originally a magic word in the game Colossal Cave Adventure
  • Xyzzy (mnemonic), memory trick used in mathematics
  • XYZZY Award, awards for interactive fiction