twonkie /twon'kee/ /n./ The software equivalent of a
Twinkie (a variety of sugar-loaded junk food, or (in gay slang with
a small t) the male equivalent of `chick'); a useless
`feature' added to look sexy and placate a marketroid
(compare Saturday-night special). The term may also be
related to "The Twonky", title menace of a classic SF short
story by Lewis Padgett (Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore), first
published in the September 1942 "Astounding Science Fiction"
and subsequently much anthologized.
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