I've been messing around with functional programming languages for a few years, and I keep encountering this phrase.

I understand what lambda means, the idea of an anonymous function is both simple and powerful, but I fail to understand what "the ultimate" means in this context.

I feel like I'm missing a reference here, can anyone help?

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    $\begingroup$ I don't know. But it probably relates to a series of "Lambda the Ultimate _____ " papers that are collected here. Whether those authors invented the phrase, or were using something older, is a question someone else will have to answer. $\endgroup$ – Aaron Sterling Sep 12 '11 at 15:19
  • $\begingroup$ Aaron is right. $\endgroup$ – Dave Clarke Sep 12 '11 at 15:22
  • $\begingroup$ If @Aaron is correct, it simply raises another question. $\endgroup$ – Eric Wilson Sep 12 '11 at 15:24
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    $\begingroup$ N.B. -- This question was also posted on programmers.SE, where it acquired two answers. I answered there instead of here because my remarks about the meaning were merely informed speculation. $\endgroup$ – C. A. McCann Sep 13 '11 at 16:48
  • $\begingroup$ Sorry for the cross-posting, I wasn't sure which site was the better fit. $\endgroup$ – Eric Wilson Sep 13 '11 at 17:15

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