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

  xyzzy
   /X?Y?Z?Z?Y/, /X?Y?ziz'ee/, /ziz?ee/, /ik?ziz?ee/, adj.
  
      [from the ADVENT game] The canonical ?magic word?. This comes from {
      ADVENT, in which the idea is to explore an underground cave with many
      rooms and to collect the treasures you find there. If you type xyzzy at the
      appropriate time, you can move instantly between two otherwise distant
      points. If, therefore, you encounter some bit of magic, you might remark
      on this quite succinctly by saying simply ?Xyzzy!? ?Ordinarily you can't
      look at someone else's screen if he has protected it, but if you type
      quadruple-bucky-clear the system will let you do it anyway.? ?Xyzzy!? It's
      traditional for xyzzy to be an Easter egg in games with text interfaces.
  
      Xyzzy has actually been implemented as an undocumented no-op command on
      several OSes; in Data General's AOS/VS, for example, it would typically
      respond ?Nothing happens?, just as ADVENT did if the magic was invoked at
      the wrong spot or before a player had performed the action that enabled the
      word. In more recent 32-bit versions, by the way, AOS/VS responds ?Twice as
      much happens?.
  
      Early versions of the popular ?minesweeper? game under Microsoft Windows
      had a cheat mode triggered by the command ?xyzzy? that
      turns the top-left pixel of the screen different colors depending on
      whether or not the cursor is over a bomb. This feature temporarily
      disappeared in Windows 98, but reappeared in Windows 2000.
  
      The following passage from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum,
      suggesting a possible pre-ADVENT origin, has recently come to light: ?
      Ziz-zy, zuz-zy, zik!? said Dorothy, who was now standing on both feet. This
      ended the saying of the charm, and they heard a great chattering and
      flapping of wings, as the band of Winged Monkeys flew up to them.
  
      The text can be viewed at Project Gutenberg.
  
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From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  xyzzy
  
      The canonical "magic word" from the ADVENT
     adventure game, in which the idea is to explore an underground
     cave with many rooms and to collect the treasures you find
     there.  If you type "xyzzy" at the appropriate time, you can
     move instantly between two otherwise distant points.  If,
     therefore, you encounter some bit of magic, you might remark
     on this quite succinctly by saying simply "Xyzzy!"
     "Ordinarily you can't look at someone else's screen if he has
     protected it, but if you type quadruple-bucky-clear the system
     will let you do it anyway."  "Xyzzy!"  Xyzzy has actually been
     implemented as an undocumented no-op command on several OSes;
     in Data General's AOS/VS, for example, it would typically
     respond "Nothing happens", just as ADVENT did if the magic
     was invoked at the wrong spot or before a player had performed
     the action that enabled the word.  In more recent 32 bit
     versions, by the way, AOS/VS responds "Twice as much happens".
     See also plugh.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  

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