wartA small, crocky feature that sticks out of an otherwise clean design. Something conspicuous for localised ugliness, especially a special-case exception to a general rule. For example, in some versions of "csh(1)", single quotes literalise every character inside them except "!". In ANSI C, the "?" syntax used for obtaining ASCII characters in a foreign environment is a wart. See also miswart. [Jargon File]
Warm Silence Software ♦ Warp ♦ wart ♦ washing machine ♦ Wasserman ♦ WATBOL
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