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 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kludge  Otherwise your only reward is another great word for Scrabble, which is often enough for those of us out here.