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All this rigamarole is to trick the computer into doing substitution/elimination, which you do easily.

So what relevance is it to know this incomprehensible garbage?

If you are programming a computer to do it -- he's showing how the computer does it.

If the computer does it, why do we need to know? And I'm saying too -- I have no clue how I'd be able to explain the procedure to anyone, let alone a computer.

Programmers work w/ it and love it. He hates it.

You don't ever have to deal with this crap unless you are dealing with a programmer.

Programmers make more sense than this.

He's a teacher.

In short, it's magic and he learned the words by rote and he's mispronouncing half of them and the gods have been pleased to grant his plea anyway.

What's rote?]

Rote learning = examples -- multiplication tables, certain definitions, anything you memorize and rattle off and then they ask "What the hell did you say?" and they rattle off the same thing again.
6x6 = 36
6x5 = 30
5x6 = 30
You know it, but it's just stored in your head and you have no real clue what it means.
Gone away, gone ahead,
Echoes roll unanswered.
Empty, open, dusty, dead.
Why have all the Weyrfolk fled?

Where have dragons gone together
Leaving weyrs to wind and weather,
Setting herdbeasts free of tether;
Gone, our safeguards, gone, but whither?

Have they flown to some new weyr
Where cruel Threads some others fear?
Are they worlds away from here?
Why, oh why the empty weyr?

-- "The Question Song", Anne McCaffrey
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