verbage = V = Version 7

verbiage n.

When the context involves a software or hardware system, this refers to documentation. This term borrows the connotations of mainstream `verbiage' to suggest that the documentation is of marginal utility and that the motives behind its production have little to do with the ostensible subject.

--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.

Ver"bi*age (?; 48), n. [F. verbiage, from OF. verbe a word. See Verb.]

The use of many words without necessity, or with little sense; a superabundance of words; verbosity; wordiness.

Verbiage may indicate observation, but not thinking. W. Irving.

This barren verbiage current among men. Tennyson.


© Webster 1913.

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