The practice of continuing to use outdated or impractical technology when better options are available. The QWERTY keyboard, the standard keyboard on computers, was first introduced on 19th-century typewriters because typing too quickly on a typewriter would jam the keys. ("QWERTY" refers to the first six keys on the upper left side of the keyboard.) A: "They only continue to use this filing system because it's what they've always done, not because it's actually useful." B: "I know, management has a serious case of QWERTY syndrome."
See also: syndrome
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