It derives from the Yiddish
gletshn, to slip, and has come to label any
problem that causes a system to malfunction; what word is it?
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The word glitch is from the German glitschen via the Yiddish gletshn, to slip.
According to http://www.wordorigins.org : "The term is technical jargon
in the electronic hardware world to describe what happens when the inputs of a
circuit change. When the inputs are changed, the outputs briefly spike to some
random value before settling to the correct value. If the circuit is queried
during a glitch, a wildly inaccurate response may result.
From there it acquired a more general sense meaning
any malfunction. The term gained popular currency through the US space program
- which used electronics heavily. In general print, it dates to John Glenn's
1962 book We Seven."
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