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COBOL fingers is a once-common term used to describe a fictional health condition caused by typing Common Business Oriented Language (COBOL) code into a computer.
COBOL fingers is not an actual disease. The basic idea behind the term is that COBOL code is considered verbose or excessive by many developers and programmers, leading to the tongue-in-cheek idea that writing in COBOL can wear down the fingers or cause various ergonomic problems.