Words of the day: kludge, googol!

Today’s words are kludge and googol. First the dictionary meaning

kludge: An ill-assorted collection of parts assembled to fulfill a particular purpose

googol: Number that is equivalent to ten raised to the power of a hundred

Strikingly both words have their own Wikipedia entries in addition to being in English dictionary

kludge: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kludge
googol: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Googol

A little bit of personal experience/anecdote (without that nothing is interesting that much, right πŸ˜€ ): I first heard about “kludge” when I was working on one IT project and came across a use case scenario that did not appear to be addressed in the solution for the problem. When I reached out to Business Analyst his first response after looking at it was “It’s a design kludge!”
googol became more widely known thanks to Google which appears to be a variation or misspell of that word (Hey, we are Americans and very resourceful. If a word does not exist we will create it and make sure it gets into dictionary. No less than as a verb too πŸ˜€ )

Finally, let me try to put together both words in a sentence.

With the possibility that people numbering in googols might be infected by the new virus the official response so far can be described as an attempt to kludge something together rather than a well thought out effort

P.S. I know googol is a bit of hyperbole but we live in an age where overplaying or underplaying seems to be the norm and what is a few googols between friends, right? πŸ˜‰ I follow the dictum of a wise person who said “Never let a googol or two come in the way of a good story”. You might ask who that “wise guy” is. Of course, it’s The Raj πŸ˜€ I listen to myself a lot. There can be no better tribute to current leadership than that πŸ™‚

Author: Rajaram 'Raj' Gopalan

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