Foobar is a slang term used in the IT world as a placeholder to refer to generic examples or temporary files or programs that are to be deleted. The technical term for a word like foobar is a metasyntactic variable. These types of terms are used to name variables, programs or other parts of code.
This device hearkens back to the time of the Commodore and the Atari, when a machine's fundamental controls were not hidden by windows and other dressed-up interfaces.
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