I’m bugged by this cliché

“It’s a bug not a feature” has made the rounds again. I first noticed it in Ted Cruz’s embarrassingly fawning love letter to Donald Trump in Time. Then I saw Paul Krugman in the New York Times note that Trump’s war on the poor was a bug not a feature.  A quick Google search reveals that this line refers to everything from survival to the uterus. The oldest use of this term I could find was from back in 1978.

While I like the fact that a programming-based term has gone mainstream, I prefer a variation from the 1980s group China Crisis, which titled their Walter Becker-produced 1985 album “Flaunt the Imperfection.”


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