= E =
Used of programs or systems that are both
conspicuous hogs (owing perhaps to poor design founded on
brute force and ignorance) and exceedingly hairy in
source form. An elephantine program may be functional and even
friendly, but (as in the old joke about being in bed with an
elephant) it's tough to have around all the same (and, like a
pachyderm, difficult to maintain). In extreme cases, hackers have
been known to make trumpeting sounds or perform expressive
proboscatory mime at the mention of the offending program. Usage:
semi-humorous. Compare `has the elephant nature' and the
somewhat more pejorative monstrosity. See also
second-system effect and baroque.
--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.