TO­DAY’S WORD

Whanganui Chronicle - - Opinion -

kludge

● PRO­NUN­CI­A­TION: klooj, kluhj.

● MEAN­ING: (noun) An in­el­e­gant, im­pro­vised so­lu­tion to a prob­lem. (verb tr.) To im­pro­vise a hap­haz­ard so­lu­tion to a prob­lem.

● ETYMOLOGY: Of un­cer­tain ori­gin. Ear­li­est doc­u­mented use: 1962.

● NOTES: The first doc­u­mented use of the word is from a 1962 ar­ti­cle by Jack­son W. Gran­holm in Data­ma­tion mag­a­zine: “How to De­sign a Kludge”. That much is cer­tain, but after that things get a bit fuzzy. Var­i­ous ori­gins have been sug­gested: Ger­man, Scots, mil­i­tary jar­gon, from the name of a paper feeder, but un­til we know def­i­nitely, we’ll just have to be con­tent with say­ing: ori­gin un­known.

● US­AGE: “Alan was bolt­ing things on as the client re­quested them and I could tell that the kludges were push­ing the orig­i­nal de­sign to its lim­its.” — Bernie Wieser; Mem­oirs of a Self-Loathing IT Pro­fes­sional; Legacy; 2014.

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