● 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.