[rspec-users] OK... What is ... fu ?

Ben Mabey ben at benmabey.com
Fri Jan 30 10:14:17 EST 2009

James Byrne wrote:
> Pardon my ignorance, but exactly what does _fu mean WRT Ruby plugins,
> gems and such?
> I have run across this suffix a number of times in Ruby and Rails,
> always in connection with some add-on or extension.  In the original
> context that I encountered '_fu' I inferred that it probably stood for
> file upload.  However, its widespread use in other contexts evidently
> disproves this interpretation. So, does it have a meaning?  Does it
> derive from the foo in foobar? Does it stand for functional update? Or,
> is it an obscure cultural reference to Ruby's Japanese origins?

"I have some mad kung-fu skills!"

"Oh, yeah!  I have some killer ruby-fu skills!"

Does that help? :)


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