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The name 'hackney' is an anglicized derivative of French haquenée—a horse of medium size recommended for lady riders. It then went on to become an adjective to "carriage", and ultimately evolved as a double-noun, "hackney carriage". A carriage or automobile for hire. Commonly available.

Hackneyed is an adjective. Used in a derogatory way to describe something unoriginal and oft repeated.
The sermon was full of hackneyed phrases and platitudes.

~ http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/hackneyed
by wincliff April 26, 2009
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Debugging is twice as hard as writing the program, so if you write the program as cleverly as you can, by definition, you won’t be clever enough to debug it.

~ Brian Kernighan
~ http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~bwk/

(a classic example of catch22)
by wincliff April 26, 2009
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