origins of "kludge"
huw.davies at kerberos.davies.net.au
Thu Mar 31 01:34:30 CST 2005
On 31/03/2005, at 7:27 AM, Chad Fernandez wrote:
> Pete Turnbull wrote:
>> "Bodge" doesn't mean the same thing at all. You're probably thinking
>> of "botch", which means (v) to screw something up, or (n) something
>> which is screwed up. "Kludge" means to make something work, but in an
>> inelegant or clumsy fashion. "Bodge", however, means to adjust or
>> adapt something carefully to fit, perhaps in a way not originally
>> intended; "bodgers" were originally people who did the final fitting
>> parts to machines and the like.
> From watching JunkYard Wars, or Scrap Heap Challenge as it is called
> in the UK, I thought Bodge was about the same as kludge, too.
My usage (remember I lived in the UK when I was young) would be that a
bodge would be a crude, inelegant, possibly temporary, fix where as a
kludge is a more elegant work around for a problem.
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