RFC 3092 - Etymology of "Foo"

RFC 3092 - Etymology of "Foo"


Approximately 212 RFCs so far, starting with RFC 269, contain the terms `foo', `bar', or `foobar' as metasyntactic variables without any proper explanation or definition. This document rectifies that deficiency.

6 Responses:

  1. jcurious says:

    all this time I thought foobar was derived from fubar...

    wow... learn something new everyday

  2. endquote says:

    "Security issues are not discussed in this memo."

    Well that seems downright irresponsible.

  3. cirollo says:

    I've always liked RFC 1149 and RFC 2549, which describe a protocol for IP over avian carrier.

    The IP datagram is printed, on a small scroll of paper, in hexadecimal, with each octet separated by whitestuff and blackstuff. The scroll of paper is wrapped around one leg of the avian carrier. A band of duct tape is used to secure the datagram's edges. The bandwidth is limited to the leg length. The MTU is variable,and paradoxically, generally increases with increased carrier age.

  4. coldacid says:

    The next RFC is on sandwich making. Or something else equally useless.

  5. nutznboltz says:

    ...that the word "Fucked" was used in an RFC?