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vaporware

noun; blending and clipping; analogy
software or hardware that has been in development for an unusually long time, leading cynics and electronics industry watchers to doubt that it will ever be released to the public
 
"When you say Playstation Home, what you really mean is 'the king of all vaporware this generation', correct?"
Etymology : vapor+ware From the Latin word "vaporem" meaning "exhalation or steam" and the Old English word "waru", which originally meant "object of care" but has now come to mean "manufactured goods" or "goods for sale". A cynical metaphor comparing an unreleased product to the insubstantial nature of vapor. This term may also be the result of direct analogy with "software" or "hardware."
Source : The 1up Show, 7/11/08
Last modified: 1 December 2008


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