Sunday, July 25, 2010

Word For The Day: kludge

kludge - pronounced just like it sounds - noun: a quick-and-dirty, sometimes clumsy and inelegant but effective solution to a (usually) technological problem, typically using parts cobbled together for the purpose; as in "That's a messy kludge, but it will do for now until I get the proper software".  Author's note:  The foregoing seems to be the dominant definition.  However, this little word has a really interesting etymology, and can also be taken to be an ineffective solution - which gives it an almost opposite meaning.  So, I encourage those of you prone to this sort of thing to read  Otherwise your only reward is another great word for Scrabble, which is often enough for those of us out here.