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I've never heard this one. Perhaps it's UK slang? --Dvortygirl 22:18, 27 September 2005 (UTC)

Entry predates the RFV process; entry is slang used by one, possibly two individuals? --Connel MacKenzie 15:27, 28 September 2006 (UTC)

Rfvfailed. Andrew massyn 09:55, 29 October 2006 (UTC)

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(slang) of poor quality. The term came into common usage in northern California by other Californians who found the local usage of the term 'hella' to be janky. Can be used to describe an action such as "Mitch left the milk out and now it's cottage cheese, that's janky," or "Her janky throw couldn't get the water balloon across the courtyard."

California? + programming use[edit]

This seems to be particularly of California usage (at least originally) – above note states as much, and it has some usage in Silicon Valley (at least Google) in the computing sense, presumably derived, as per:

• Chrome team's term for stalling the event loop
 – Chrome's fanatically anti-jank
 – “Janky”: not being immediately responsive to input

Not sure how widespread this usage is (or will be), but I have read it in a news story lately (by a programmer describing existing apps as “really janky”, though a narrow meaning isn’t clear from context), so it has some use. Worth watching, particularly to see if the distinction “unresponsive” sticks (in computing), or if it is just used generally for “shoddy”.

—Nils von Barth (nbarth) (talk) 10:56, 30 August 2012 (UTC)