= C =
COBOL fingers /koh'bol fing'grz/ n.
Reported from Sweden,
a (hypothetical) disease one might get from coding in COBOL. The
language requires code verbose beyond all reason (see
candygrammar); thus it is alleged that programming too much in
COBOL causes one's fingers to wear down to stubs by the endless
typing. "I refuse to type in all that source code again; it would
give me COBOL fingers!"
--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.