cruft

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

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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Noun[edit]

cruft (uncountable)

  1. (computing, slang) Anything old or of inferior quality.
  2. (computing, slang) Redundant, old or improperly written code, especially that which accumulates over time; clutter.
  3. (film, slang) Meaningless and/or gratuitous content displayed on computer consoles in visual entertainment productions.

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Verb[edit]

cruft (third-person singular simple present crufts, present participle crufting, simple past and past participle crufted)

  1. (computing, slang) To generate cruft. (Can we add an example for this sense?)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Peter Samson, AN ABRIDGED DICTIONARY of the TMRC LANGUAGE June 1959 (with 2005 commentary)
  2. ^ “Bronze Tablet Erected in Cruft Memorial Laboratory”, in (Please provide the title of the work)[1], accessed 26 November 2014