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toy language

toy language: n. A language useful for instructional purposes or
   as a proof-of-concept for some aspect of computer-science theory,
   but inadequate for general-purpose programming.  Bad Things
   can result when a toy language is promoted as a general purpose
   solution for programming (see bondage-and-discipline
   language); the classic example is Pascal.  Several moderately
   well-known formalisms for conceptual tasks such as programming Turing
   machines also qualify as toy languages in a less negative sense.
   See also MFTL.