[COmmon Business-Oriented Language] (Synonymous with evil.) A weak, verbose, and flabby language used by code grinders to do boring mindless things on dinosaur mainframes. Hackers believe that all COBOL programmers are suits or code grinders, and no self-respecting hacker will ever admit to having learned the language. Its very name is seldom uttered without ritual expressions of disgust or horror. One popular one is Edsger W. Dijkstra's famous observation that “The use of COBOL cripples the mind; its teaching should, therefore, be regarded as a criminal offense.” (from Selected Writings on Computing: A Personal Perspective) See also fear and loathing, software rot.