2004-07-24

rococo

This week's word is not brought to you by Rococo Software, Ltd., which is just as well, since I can't figure out why someone would name their company that way.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:

Rococo \Ro*co"co\, n. [F.; of uncertain etymology.] A florid style of ornamentation which prevailed in Europe in the latter part of the eighteenth century.

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (27 SEP 03) [foldoc]:

rococo <jargon, abuse> Baroque in the extreme. Used to imply that a program has become so encrusted with the software equivalent of gold leaf and curlicues that they have completely swamped the underlying design. Called after the later and more extreme forms of Baroque architecture and decoration prevalent during the mid-1700s in Europe. Alan Perlis said: "Every program eventually becomes rococo, and then rubble."

See also baroque.

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