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The X that can be Y is not the True X


Yet another instance of hackerdom's peculiar attraction to mystical references -- a common humorous way of making exclusive statements about a class of things. The template is from the 'Tao te Ching'

"The Tao which can be spoken of is not the true Tao."

The implication is often that the X is a mystery accessible only to the enlightened.

See the trampoline entry for an example, and compare has the X nature.