Hubris

29 Jan

While conversing with Miss Emma a few months ago, we realised that neither of us could come up with a definition of the word hubris. I thought I had a basic idea but couldn’t put it into words, so I might as well have never heard of it. Her idea turned out to not be quite right either. So… what do you reckon hubris means?

I’ll give you some time to think about it. Go on. Pause for a second and actually try to put it into words. Use it as a very basic Reader’s Digest WordPower test.

You’d better be really considering this.

So, according to the good old Oxford dictionary, hubris is a noun that means: “excessive pride or self-confidence.”

Kind of fitting that this would be my first definition post – my job used to revolve entirely around knowing a lot about the English language, so I’m supposed to know things like that.

Anyway, now you know.

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2 Responses to “Hubris”

  1. RET January 30, 2011 at 6:11 pm #

    The three virtues of a programmer – as espoused by the great Larry Wall, originator of the perl programming language, are:

    * Laziness
    * Impatience
    * Hubris

    The lazy programmer will reuse whatever they can to get their work done. This virtue leads to code reuse by encouraging code to be written only once.

    The impatient programmer will use whatever is available to them to get the job done quicker, and will use the machine for tasks they don’t want to do manually.

    The programmer with hubris will write their code efficiently, cleanly and readably, so that it is something they can be proud of.

    Perl is built on these values. (see Perl 101).

    cheers
    RET
    (Just Another Perl Hacker)

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