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Meaning of KLUDGE

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  a badly assembled collection of parts hastily assembled to serve some particular purpose (often used to refer to computing systems or software that has been badly put together)
 

KLUDGE is a 6 letter word that starts with K.

 

 See Also: accumulation, aggregation, assemblage, collection

 

 

Computing Dictionary
 
 Definition: 

/kluhj/ (From the old Scots "kludgie" meaning an outside toilet) A Scottish engineering term for anything added in an ad hoc (and possibly unhygenic!) manner. At some point during the Second World War, Scottish engineers met Americans and the meaning, spelling and pronunciation of kludge became confused with that of "kluge".

The spelling "kludge" was apparently popularised by the "Datamation" cited below which defined it as "An ill-assorted collection of poorly matching parts, forming a distressing whole."

The result of this tangled history is a mess; in 1993, many (perhaps even most) hackers pronounce the word /klooj/ but spell it "kludge" (compare the pronunciation drift of mung). Some observers consider this appropriate in view of its meaning.

["How to Design a Kludge", Jackson Granholme, Datamation, February 1962, pp. 30-31].

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