} "Oracle! Oracle!"
} "Yes, apprentice, what is it now?"
} "Take a look at this question! He didn't grovel at all."
} "Yes, that's very rude."
} "Can I start flaming him?"
} "No, I think you'd better not."
} "Oh, please, please..."
} "No, I'm afraid we've been flaming non-grovellers a bit too heavily
} lately. The Oracluar Priesthood are getting a bit bored of it and are
} less prone to include your answer in the Oracularities if you flame to
} By the way, I just noted that the questioner shows bad oracletiquette
} in another way - which one?"
} "You mean that he just starts off with quoting someone, without telling
} from where he's quoting"
} "But don't you know anyway? I'm mean, being omniscient and all..."
} "Of course _I_ know, stupid! But we don't want to do any unnecessary
} work, do we? Being an Oracle is exhausting work."
} "Well, the actual answering of questions doesn't seem to exhausting,
} but of course you've been doing some pretty ewxhausting things with
} Lisa and Lena lately..."
} "Shut up! If you _ever_ want to be an Oracle like me, you'd better
} start applying yourself with more seriousness to your work, instead of
} criticizing your betters. You can start right now by writing a polite
} and truthful answer to the question."
} "How about this:
} 'The front end is both; it's the end that's in front, stupid.'?"
} "I said a _polite_ and _truthful_ answer, you lazy slob! Try again.
} And when you're finished, you can start cleaning the bathrooms."
} "OK (sigh)"
} 'The front end is neither the front nor the end, at least not in the
} literal sense. It is the part of a compiler that reads the user's
} source code and converts into a form more suitable for the later
} processing, protecting the delicate innards of the compiler from the
} harsh environment of an actual operating system.'
} "That's better! But don't forget the last part!"
} 'You don't owe the Oracle anything. This Oracularity was produced as
} an Oracular University Tutorial and payed for by government funds.'