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a short-lived fault in a system. The term is particularly common in the computing and electronics industries, and in circuit bending, as well as among players of video games, although it is applied to all types of systems including human organizations and nature
Normally, a glitch occurs once, but can also occur multiple times in a particular software.
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glitch n (sl.)
sudden irregularity or malfunction of equipment etc.
—Concise Oxford Dictionary
Whenever we hear on radio or televison about some serious collapse of an information system. it is referred to as a "glitch". Some of those glitches have led to multi-million-dollar law suits, hardly a minor incident.
Several years ago I noted an epidemic of news reports that trivialized major "software update failures". A few years earlier we were reading about the "Y2K crisis" as if it were an act of God. Those reports along with current stories about glitches convey the impression that such problems:
I suggest to the media that they abandon glitch and replace it with one of these more specific and more accurate terms:
Let's not hear about "system vulnerabilities" either. They're bugs.
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