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Garbage in, garbage out | GIGO

American English
This page is about the saying "Garbage in, garbage out | GIGO".

Possible interpretation: Incorrect or bad input results in incorrect or bad output.

Note: garbage (noun): rubbish, trash, nonsense

Origin: This saying originated in computing, where faulty data going into a computer inevitably results in faulty results coming out. This is the origin of the acronym GIGO.

Variety: This is typically used in American English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz:

The saying "Garbage in, garbage out" suggests that there is a relationship between output and

a. input

b. garbage

c. throughput

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Contributor: Josef Essberger