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salescritter

/sayls'kri"tr/ Pejorative hackerism for a computer salesperson. Hackers tell the following joke:

Q. What's the difference between a used-car dealer and a computer salesman?

A. The used-car dealer knows he's lying. [Some versions add: ...and probably knows how to drive.]

This reflects the widespread hacker belief that salescritters are self-selected for stupidity (after all, if they had brains and the inclination to use them, they'd be in programming). The terms "salesthing" and "salesdroid" are also common.

Compare marketroid, suit.

[Jargon File]

(1994-12-08)


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