COBOL references in "The Jargon File"
[Simple (or Small) Matter of Programming]
- A piece of code, not yet written, whose anticipated length is significantly
greater than its complexity. Used to refer to a program that could obviously be
written, but is not worth the trouble. Also used ironically to imply that a
difficult problem can be easily solved because a program can be written to do
it; the irony is that it is very clear that writing such a program will be a
great deal of work. "It's easy to enhance a FORTRAN compiler to compile COBOL as
well; it's just an SMOP."