:barney: n. In Commonwealth hackish, `barney' is to fred (sense #1) as bar is to foo That is, people who commonly use `fred' as their first metasyntactic variable will often use `barney' second. The reference is, of course, to Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble in the Flintstones cartoons.

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