Thunk routines

DAVEJ3 <DAVEJ3@Prodigy.Net>
20 Feb 1998 17:56:03 -0500

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From: DAVEJ3 <DAVEJ3@Prodigy.Net>
Newsgroups: comp.compilers
Date: 20 Feb 1998 17:56:03 -0500
Organization: Prodigy Services Corp
Keywords: history, question, comment

Does anybody know where the routine name Thunk came from?
[It was coined about 1960 to describe the callback routines needed to
implement call-by-name, shortly after the Algol60 committee realized
they'd invented call-by-name by mistake. -John]

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