I'm sure that we all have created "WTF" of our own and learned from the experience one way or another. Me, I had to maintain my own code. That wasn't fun. But, I do know that I (and hopefully, most others here) have never erred so badly and frequently as to be honored with an -ism. You know what I'm talking about ... you're looking through code and come across the all-too-common egregious implementation from a certain you-know-who. That's an {insert your colleagues name}ism.

Now that Rik has long departed from Steve Wahl's Team, Steve was kind enough to share a Rikism. But not all was lost -- they use their old Rikisms to gauge candidates' reactions: the more pain and disgust, the more desirable the candidate became.

do
{
  if (entry_is_valid)
  {
    BOOL discoveredEntry;
    RemoveEntry(List);
    discoveredEntry = !IsListEmpty(List)

    process_valid_entry();

    if (discoveredEntry)
      goto DoNextListItem;
    else
      break;
  }
  else
  {
    BOOL discoveredEntry;
    RemoveEntry(List);
    discoveredEntry = !IsListEmpty(List)

    process_notvalid_entry();

    if (discoveredEntry)
      goto DoNextListItem;
    else
      break;
  }
  ASSERT(FALSE); // Shouldn't get here.
DoNextListItem:
} while (!IsListEmpty(List));