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Top 30 analogous words or synonyms for kludge

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Kludge The word has alternate spellings ("" and ""), pronunciations ( and , rhyming with "judge" and "stooge" respectively) and several proposed etymologies.
Kludge A phone call to Phineas Burling can be revealing. Phineas Burling is the Chief calligrapher with the Fink and Wiggles Publishing Company, Inc. Fink and Wiggles are, of course, the well known publishers of the NEW MULTILINGUAL DICTIONARY. According to Burling, the word "kludge" first appeared in the English language in the early fifteen-hundreds. It was imported into the geographic region of the lowlands between King's Lynn (then Bishop's Lynn) and the Isle of Ely by Dutch settlers arriving there to reclaim tidelands of the Wash as rutabaga fields.
Kludge Other suggested folk etymologies or backronyms for "kludge" or "kluge" is from klumsy, lame, ugly, dumb, but good enough, or klutzy lashup, under-going engineering.
Kludge The research psychologist Gary Marcus's book "Kluge: The Haphazard Construction of the Human Mind" compares evolutionary kluges with engineering ones like manifold vacuum-powered windshield wipers – when you accelerated or drove uphill, "Your wipers slowed to a crawl, or even stopped working altogether."
Kludge American Yiddish speakers use klug to mean too smart by half, the reflected meaning of German klug/clever. This may explain the idea of clever but clumsy and temporary, as well as the pronunciation variation from German.
Kludge This "OED2" entry also includes the verb kludge "to improvise with a kludge or kludges" and "kludgemanship" "skill in designing or applying kludges".
Kludge One day the admiral came to inspect the ship. When Murgatroyd explained he was a kluge maker, the admiral asked him what a kluge was – the first person ever to do so. Murgatroyd said it was hard to explain, but he would make one so the admiral could see what it was. After a couple of days, he returned with a complex object.
Kludge In modern computing terminology, a "kludge" (or often a ""hack"") is a solution to a problem, doing a task, or fixing a system that is inefficient, inelegant or even unfathomable, but which nevertheless (more or less) works. To "kludge around something" is to avoid a bug or some difficult condition by building a kludge, perhaps relying on properties of the bug itself to assure proper operation. It is somewhat similar in spirit to a workaround, only without the grace. A kludge is often used to change the behavior of a system after it is finished, without having to make fundamental changes. Sometimes the kludge is introduced in order to keep backwards compatibility, but often it is simply introduced because the kludge is an easier alternative. That "something" was often originally a crock, which is why it must now be hacked to make it work. Note that a hack might be a kludge, but that "hack" could be, at least in computing, ironic praise, for a quick fix solution to a frustrating problem.
Kludge In computer networking, use of NAT (Network Address Translation) (RFC 1918) or PAT (Port Address Translation) to cope with the shortage of IPv4 addresses is an example of a kludge.
Kludge In FidoNet terminology, "kludge" refers to a piece of control data embedded inside a message.