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Word of the Day: kluge

Kluge, also spelled Kludge (rhymes with luge), has roots in Scottish and German but did not cross into American vernacular until the early 20th century as an almost industrial term. It attained the meaning of “crude but successful device” by the 60s when technicians at MIT applied it to their clunky but less-than-ideal computers. Currently the definition extends beyond computers or a physical Rube Goldberg type machine to any effective but perhaps inefficient assemblage that produces a solution.

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