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Beatnik was coined by Herb Caen of the San Francisco Chronicle as a derisive term to refer to the beats, i.e. members of the Beat Generation (this was a play off the name of the Russian satellite Sputnik).

Beatnik is a simple esoteric programming language, based on a stack. A beatnik program consists of any sequence of English words. Each word is assigned the score you would get for it in a Scrabble® game. More information is available at