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/koh'bol fing'grz/ 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.
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COBOL fingersA tongue-in-cheek malady that afflicts COBOL programmers. COBOL is a very verbose language, and people have to type more words writing COBOL source code to accomplish the same task than in other languages. See COBOL.
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