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1. The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003)

    See ha ha only serious.

2. The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018)
ha ha only serious

   (SF fandom, originally as mutation of HHOK, "Ha Ha Only
   Kidding") A phrase (often seen abbreviated as HHOS) that aptly
   captures the flavour of much hacker discourse.  Applied
   especially to parodies, absurdities, and ironic jokes that are
   both intended and perceived to contain a possibly disquieting
   amount of truth, or truths that are constructed on in-joke and

   The Jargon File contains many examples of ha-ha-only-serious
   in both form and content.  Indeed, the entirety of hacker
   culture is often perceived as ha-ha-only-serious by hackers
   themselves; to take it either too lightly or too seriously
   marks a person as an outsider, a wannabee, or in larval
   stage.  For further enlightenment on this subject, consult
   any Zen master.  See also AI koan.

   [Jargon File]

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