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taste [primarily MIT] /n./ 1. The quality in a program that
tends to be inversely proportional to the number of features,
hacks, and kluges programmed into it. Also `tasty',
`tasteful', `tastefulness'. "This feature comes in N
tasty flavors." Although `tasty' and `flavorful' are
essentially synonyms, `taste' and flavor are not. Taste
refers to sound judgment on the part of the creator; a program or
feature can *exhibit* taste but cannot *have* taste. On
the other hand, a feature can have flavor. Also, flavor
has the additional meaning of `kind' or `variety' not shared by
`taste'. The marked sense of flavor is more popular than
`taste', though both are widely used. See also elegant.
2. Alt. sp. of tayste.
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