cruft

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Circa 1959, MIT Tech Model Railroad Club.[1] Unknown origin; possibly from Cruft Hall, built in 1915 as a gift from a donor named Harriet Otis Cruft.[2] Cruft Hall was the radar laboratory of Harvard's physics department during the Second World War, which contained much old and unused technical equipment. Possibly blend of crust and fluff, both of which suggest things that are obsolete and superfluous, or influenced by crud.

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cruft ‎(uncountable)

  1. (computing, informal) Anything old or of inferior quality.
  2. (computing, informal) Redundant, old or improperly written code, especially that which accumulates over time; clutter.

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  1. ^ Peter Samson, AN ABRIDGED DICTIONARY of the TMRC LANGUAGE June 1959 (with 2005 commentary)
  2. ^ "Bronze Tablet Erected in Cruft Memorial Laboratory", URL accessed on 26 November 2014.