An acronym for COmmon Business-Oriented Language, a very old programming language. The kind of thing a sensible man wouldn't touch unless forced to. Because its syntax is so verbose, it makes the neophyte believe he actually understands programming better. But of course, what makes a good language is its semantics, not its syntax, and for actual programming, COBOL syntax gets in the way, while its semantics plain suck.

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