Definitions

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  • n. Something that should not work, but does.
  • n. A device assembled from components intended for disparate purposes.

Etymologies

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U.S. military slang, probably from the German klug ("clever").

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  • According to this article, it may have started out spelled this way, though. :-)

    "Speculations on its origin abound: perhaps it descends from the German word klug, meaning clever, or from the 1930s-era Kluge brand paper feeder, which, according to The Hacker’s Dictionary of Computer Jargon, employed 'a fiendishly complex assortment of cams, belts and linkages.' Around midcentury, the word was adopted by the pioneers of early computing; a 1962 article defined a kluge (or kludge) as 'an ill-assorted collection of poorly matching parts, forming a distressing whole.'" -- Annie Murphy Paul, "Patch Job," NYT Online, 4/27/08

    April 30, 2008

  • Not to be a wanker or anything... I think this might better be spelled kludge. I have an acquaintance of long standing who is well known by this moniker.

    Of course this spelling gets the point across as well... which is the point of language itself.

    February 6, 2007