Thursday, 17 June 2010


bodge, v. — To improvise in the repairing or construction of material objects, often employing work man ship or materials of a less than satisfactory standard.

A British slang term, the Oxford English Dictionary links it to botch, in the sense of repairing some thing badly. Its most common use is probably for home repairs or otherwise indifferently per formed “do it your self” projects.

Originally a Bodger was a pole lathe worker, who made wooden goods from green wood, such as chair legs or candle sticks. These hand made chair legs were not of a lesser standard, and would be sold on to furniture factories for assembly. This craft industry still exists, although not to service the mass production furniture industry.

It can be generally used as a synonym for hack or kludge.


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