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wrong thing in Technology

A design, action, or decision that is clearly incorrect or inappropriate. Often capitalised; always emphasised in speech as if capitalised. The opposite of the Right Thing; more generally, anything that is not the Right Thing. In cases where "the good is the enemy of the best", the merely good - although good - is nevertheless the Wrong Thing. "In C, the default is for module-level declarations to be visible everywhere, rather than just within the module. This is clearly the Wrong Thing."
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The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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  • If so, they have expected too much, or have expected the wrong thing.

    The Cornwall Coast Arthur L. Salmon
  • And it's the same with the man: he'll probably do the wrong thing.

    The Long Run Edith Wharton
  • She did not know what to say next, fearing to say the wrong thing, and so to throw away a golden opportunity.

    The Heart of Thunder Mountain Edfrid A. Bingham
  • I've been trying to think of one wrong thing he might have done which he didn't do.

    High Adventure James Norman Hall
  • It was a wrong thing, and much unhappiness has flowed from it.

    Jane Talbot Charles Brockden Brown

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