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 This riddle is a computer language. Enjoy!

My name is a dictionary word
Built on microcomputers
I'm general purpose
My syntax is short, but easy

I once was the "beginner" language
My GOTO is very popular
Made in 1964-by Hampshians
I was very high-level

Tear every line apart for full credit!

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    $\begingroup$ Did I post too quickly or something? $\endgroup$ – QuyNguyen2013 Dec 5 '14 at 2:48
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The answer is

BASIC

My name is a dictionary word

Basic is an English word

Built on microcomputers

It was widely used on microcomputers in the 70s and 80s.

I'm general purpose

Can be used to write all kinds of programs.

My syntax is short, but easy

There are not too many keywords, and they are easy to learn.

I once was the "beginner" language

BASIC stands for Beginner's All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code.

My GOTO is very popular

The GOTO statement is used in many other languages too.

Made in 1964-by Hampshians

Invented by Kemeny and Kurtz of Dartmouth College in New Hampshire.

I was very high-level

A high level programming language that abstracts you away from computer specific details.

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  • $\begingroup$ Nice! You did it quickly :) $\endgroup$ – QuyNguyen2013 Dec 4 '14 at 22:25

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