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Thread #59418 Message #1424458
Posted By: Amos
01-Mar-05 - 08:17 PM
Thread Name: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
Well, maybe I mis-represented theexample-- rouge is the closest rhyme I can think of but kluge is a little lumpier in the g.
Definitions of kluge on the Web:
1. A ramshackle, barely competent device, whether in hardware or software. 2. A clever programming trick intended to solve a particular nasty case in an expedient, if unclear, manner. Often used to repair bugs. 3. Something that works for the wrong reason. In 1947, the "New York Folklore Quarterly" reported a story Murgatroyd the Kluge Maker then current in the U.S. Armed Forces, in which a kluge was a complex and puzzling artifact with a trivial function. kluge was also Navy slang during World War II for any piece of electronics that worked well on shore but consistently failed at sea. The variant kludge was popularized by Jackson Granholme, [How to Design a Kludge, Datamation, February 1962, 30-31] who defined it as: "An ill-assorted collection of poorly matching parts, forming a distressing whole."