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Once upon a time, Jamie Zawinski said,
BTW: Jeffrey Friedl dug into the history and found that someone said it about awk before jwz said it about regular expressions!
I seem to have developed a fascination for new variants of this joke, especially where the concept being referenced is important to the structure of the joke. For example, last June I said,
The other day I contributed,
It seems that Eiríkr Åsheim earlier had a similar one,
Making fun of Java is easy. Chris Lonnen said,
Floating point can be surprising. Tom Scott quipped,
Finally, this is not a technical joke, but is too true to leave out. Tom Dale said (and then deleted?),
Brendan Berg has a list of others if you want more...