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 for Lisp
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Lisp \Lisp\ (l[i^]sp), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Lisped (l[i^]spt);
     p. pr. & vb. n. Lisping.] [OE. lispen, lipsen, AS. wlisp
     stammering, lisping; akin to D. & OHG. lispen to lisp, G.
     lispeln, Sw. l[aum]spa, Dan. lespe.]
     1. To pronounce the sibilant letter s imperfectly; to give s
        and z the sound of th; -- a defect common among children.
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     2. To speak with imperfect articulation; to mispronounce, as
        a child learning to talk.
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              As yet a child, nor yet a fool to fame,
              I lisped in numbers, for the numbers came. --Pope.
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     3. To speak hesitatingly with a low voice, as if afraid.
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              Lest when my lisping, guilty tongue should halt.
                                                    --Drayton.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Lisp \Lisp\, v. t.
     1. To pronounce with a lisp.
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     2. To utter with imperfect articulation; to express with
        words pronounced imperfectly or indistinctly, as a child
        speaks; hence, to express by the use of simple, childlike
        language.
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              To speak unto them after their own capacity, and to
              lisp the words unto them according as the babes and
              children of that age might sound them again.
                                                    --Tyndale.
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     3. To speak with reserve or concealment; to utter timidly or
        confidentially; as, to lisp treason.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Lisp \Lisp\, n.
     The habit or act of lisping. See Lisp, v. i., 1.
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           I overheard her answer, with a very pretty lisp, "O!
           Strephon, you are a dangerous creature." --Tatler.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  LISP \LISP\ (l[i^]sp), n. (Computers) [List Processing.]
     a high-level computer programming language in which
     statements and data are in the form of lists, enclosed in
     parentheses; -- used especially for rapid development of
     prototype programs in artificial intelligence applications .
     [PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  lisp
      n 1: a speech defect that involves pronouncing `s' like
           voiceless `th' and `z' like voiced `th'
      2: a flexible procedure-oriented programing language that
         manipulates symbols in the form of lists [syn: LISP, list-
         processing language]
      v 1: speak with a lisp

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  90 Moby Thesaurus words for "lisp":
     aphonia, artificial voice, assibilate, assibilation, broken speech,
     broken tones, broken voice, buzz, childish treble, choked voice,
     cracked voice, croak, crow, drawl, dysarthria, dyslalia, dyslogia,
     dysphasia, dysphonia, dysphrasia, effervesce, effervescence,
     effervescing, falsetto, fizz, fizzle, fizzling, frication,
     frictional rustling, harshness, hawking voice, hiss, hissing,
     hoarseness, hush, hushing, idioglossia, idiolalia,
     impairment of speech, lisping, loss of voice, mince, muzzy speech,
     nasal tone, nasalization, quaver, rhonchus, shake, shush, shushing,
     sibilance, sibilate, sibilation, siffle, sigmatism, siss, sissing,
     sizz, sizzle, sizzling, sneeze, sneezing, sniff, sniffle, snore,
     snort, snuff, snuffle, speech defect, speech impediment, spit,
     splutter, sputter, squash, squelch, squish, sternutation, stertor,
     swish, talk incoherently, tremor, twang, wheeze, whish, whistle,
     whistling, white noise, whiz, whoosh, zip
  
  

From V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (September 2014) :

  LISP
         LISt Processor (LISP)
         

From V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (September 2014) :

  LISP
         Lots of Isolated Silly Parentheses (LISP, slang)
         

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  LISP
   n.
  
      [from ?LISt Processing language?, but mythically from ?Lots of Irritating
      Superfluous Parentheses?] AI's mother tongue, a language based on the ideas
      of (a) variable-length lists and trees as fundamental data types, and (b)
      the interpretation of code as data and vice-versa. Invented by John
      McCarthy at MIT in the late 1950s, it is actually older than any other HLL
       still in use except FORTRAN. Accordingly, it has undergone considerable
      adaptive radiation over the years; modern variants are quite different in
      detail from the original LISP 1.5. The dominant HLL among hackers until the
      early 1980s, LISP has since shared the throne with C. Its partisans claim
      it is the only language that is truly beautiful. See languages of choice.
  
      All LISP functions and programs are expressions that return values; this,
      together with the high memory utilization of LISPs, gave rise to Alan
      Perlis's famous quip (itself a take on an Oscar Wilde quote) that ?LISP
      programmers know the value of everything and the cost of nothing?.
  
      One significant application for LISP has been as a proof by example that
      most newer languages, such as COBOL and Ada, are full of unnecessary {
      crocks. When the Right Thing has already been done once, there is no
      justification for bogosity in newer languages.
  
      [lisp]
  
      We've got your numbers....
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  Lisp
  
      LISt Processing language.
  
     (Or mythically "Lots of Irritating Superfluous Parentheses").
     Artificial Intelligence's mother tongue, a symbolic,
     functional, recursive language based on the ideas of
     lambda-calculus, variable-length lists and trees as
     fundamental data types and the interpretation of code as data
     and vice-versa.
  
     Data objects in Lisp are lists and atoms.  Lists may contain
     lists and atoms.  Atoms are either numbers or symbols.
     Programs in Lisp are themselves lists of symbols which can be
     treated as data.  Most implementations of Lisp allow functions
     with side-effects but there is a core of Lisp which is
     purely functional.
  
     All Lisp functions and programs are expressions that return
     values; this, together with the high memory use of Lisp, gave
     rise to Alan Perlis's famous quip (itself a take on an Oscar
     Wilde quote) that "Lisp programmers know the value of
     everything and the cost of nothing".
  
     The original version was LISP 1, invented by John McCarthy
      at MIT in the late 1950s.  Lisp is
     actually older than any other high level language still in
     use except Fortran.  Accordingly, it has undergone
     considerable change over the years.  Modern variants are quite
     different in detail.  The dominant HLL among hackers until
     the early 1980s, Lisp now shares the throne with C.  See
     languages of choice.
  
     One significant application for Lisp has been as a proof by
     example that most newer languages, such as COBOL and Ada,
     are full of unnecessary crocks.  When the Right Thing has
     already been done once, there is no justification for
     bogosity in newer languages.
  
     See also Association of Lisp Users, Common Lisp, Franz
     Lisp, MacLisp, Portable Standard Lisp, Interlisp,
     Scheme, ELisp, Kamin's interpreters.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (1995-04-16)
  

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