year 2000 problem
year 2000 bug year 2000 bug, year 2000 problem year 2000 problem, n. (Computers) an error in the coding of certain computer programs in which the year portion of dates was represented by only two decimal digits, assuming that the first two digits are ``19''. In such a program the the year 1975 is represented as ``75''. This was a common practise in computer programming even into the 1990's, as many programmers failed to consider that their programs would be used after the year 1999. Thus, with such a program, a person born in 2000 would be considered as 101 years old in 2001; many different serious problems, as various as the programs, could be caused by such an error.

Note: In 1998 many programs with the year 2000 bug were still not corrected, and it is not clear how many programs will retain the bug when the year 2000 arrives. Tune in then.

Syn: millemium bug, Y2K bug, Y2K problem. [PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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