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 +‎ fluff, both of which may form on old abandoned things, 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”[1], retrieved 26 November 2014