I've seen the word "pragma" used in the context of HTTP cache control and also as a C++ macro, but what does this word actually mean? Google didn't help.
John Topley (www.johntopley.com)
Dictionary.com claims it's a contraction for "pragmatic information." No clue whether that's true or not, though.
One of dictionary.com's definitions of "pragmatic" is "Dealing or concerned with facts or actual occurrences; practical".
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Pragma is a classical Greek noun meaning "deed" or "action"
Google helps if you look for Latin/Greek dictionaries
The use of the "pragma" keyword dates back at least as far as Ada in the mid-1980s. It was used for compiler control.
>>This makes sense for C++ #pragmas, which I normally use to work around bugs or idiosyncracies with the compiler or languages.
Worst. Keyword name. Ever.
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