= M =
munge /muhnj/ vt.
1. [derogatory] To imperfectly
transform information. 2. A comprehensive rewrite of a routine,
data structure or the whole program. 3. To modify data in some way
the speaker doesn't need to go into right now or cannot describe
succinctly (compare mumble). 4. To add spamblock to an
This term is often confused with mung, which probably was
derived from it. However, it also appears the word `munge' was in
common use in Scotland in the 1940s, and in Yorkshire in the 1950s,
as a verb, meaning to munch up into a masticated mess, and
as a noun, meaning the result of munging something up (the
parallel with the kluge/kludge pair is amusing).
The OED reports `munge' as an archaic verb meaning "to wipe (a
--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.