brain-damaged

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

brain +‎ damaged

Adjective[edit]

brain-damaged (comparative more brain-damaged, superlative most brain-damaged)

  1. Suffering from an injury to the brain.

Etymology 2[edit]

Generalization of “Honeywell Brain Damage” (HBD), a notional disease invented to explain certain poor design decisions in Honeywell Multics.[1]

Adjective[edit]

brain-damaged (comparative more brain-damaged, superlative most brain-damaged)

  1. (computing, slang, derogatory) Poorly designed; obviously wrong.
    Synonyms: cretinous, demented
Usage notes[edit]
  • This is a harsh insult, suggesting that the mistake is so egregious that only a brain-damaged person could have committed it.

References[edit]

  1. ^ “brain-damaged”, in The Jargon File[1], accessed 2008-06-27