[Dixielandjazz] B;ivets ain't the only thing!

lswain at penrose.com lswain at penrose.com
Tue Sep 23 12:26:28 PDT 2003

On 23 Sep 2003 at 11:11, willc wrote:

> It is astonishing that this thread has run so long without
> acknowledgment of the blivet companion and occasional synonym, the
> kludge (klooge in Alabama).

The reason may be that "kludge" (or "kluge"), a word we often used at 
the lab at MIT in the 60's, is not really synonymous with "blivet".  
Terse definition of "kludge" is at


which declares:

    Pronounced klooj. A derogatory term that refers to a poor design. 
    Like hacks, kludges use nonstandard techniques. But, whereas a hack 
    can connote a clever solution to a problem, a kludge always implies 
    that the solution is inelegant.  

Larry (don't know why I don't just leave these things alone) Swain

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