One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An electronic video game in which a player attempts to guide a voracious, blob-shaped character through a maze while eluding attacks from opposing images which it may in turn devour. It is also the name of the blob-shaped character itself.
1980s: Pac, probably a respelling of pack (from the character's action of ‘packing away’ (i.e. eating) obstacles in its path) + man.
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