\begin // [from the LaTeX command] With \end, used humorously in writing to indicate a context or to remark on the surrounded text. For example:

     Predicate logic is the only good programming
     language.  Anyone who would use anything else
     is an idiot.  Also, all computers should be
     tredecimal instead of binary.
The Scribe users at CMU and elsewhere used to use @Begin/@End in an identical way (LaTeX was built to resemble Scribe). On Usenet, this construct would more frequently be rendered as `<FLAME ON>' and `<FLAME OFF>', or `#ifdef FLAME' and `#endif FLAME''.

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