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The word glitch is an American word that dates from the mid-1900s. We will examine the definition of the word glitch, its interesting origin and some examples of the use of the word in sentences.

A glitch is a mistake, a blip, a temporary technical malfunction or a minor setback. The word glitch may be used as a noun or an intransitive verb, which is a verb that does not take an object. Related words are glitches, glitched, glitching, glitchy and glitchiness. The search for the origin of the term glitch has been intense, and at this time it seems to have first been used in American radio in the 1940s to describe a mistake or a small technical malfunction. The term glitch made its way into the television industry to mean a mistake or small technical malfunction, though it came into wide usage after it appeared in a book co-written by astronaut John Glenn. Glenn used the word glitch to mean a spike in electrical voltage. From there, it came into wider use to mean something that’s a malfunction or mistake. Most probably, the word glitch is derived from the Yiddish word gletshn or glitch, meaning to slip.


Travelers at O’Hare International Airport were among thousands delayed at their destinations nationwide due to a technology glitch with U.S. Customs and Border Protection applications on Monday night, authorities said. (The Chicago Tribune)

Streams of winning lottery tickets were printed in South Carolina because of a computer glitch on Christmas Day, officials said, and the potential winnings could total as much as $19.6 million if they are validated. (The New York Times)

Users of the national e-payment system, PromptPay, were left frustrated on Sunday when computer glitches left them unable to access their cash for about eight hours. (The Bangkok Post)

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