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In 1968, when I was an undergraduate, I purchased the American Heritage
Dictionary Of The English Language. This volume still sits next to my
computer. I feel it is still valid today. It defines data as both singular
and plural. I consider all the computer-specific terms that have entered the
English language since that date to be a form of jargon, and therefore I
refer to computer-specific jargon dictionaries to define these terms. As the
WWW gives access to computer-specific jargon lexicons, I use these to define