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fred: n. 1. The personal name most frequently used as a
   metasyntactic variable (see foo).  Allegedly popular
   because it's easy for a non-touch-typist to type on a standard
   QWERTY keyboard.  Unlike J. Random Hacker or `J. Random
   Loser', this name has no positive or negative loading (but see
   Mbogo, Dr. Fred).  See also barney.  2. An acronym for
   `Flipping Ridiculous Electronic Device'; other F-verbs may be
   substituted for `flipping'.