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 for bounce message
From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  bounce message
   n.
  
      [common] Notification message returned to sender by a site unable to relay
      email to the intended Internet address recipient or the next link in a {
      bang path (see bounce, sense 1). Reasons might include a nonexistent or
      misspelled username or a down relay site. Bounce messages can themselves
      fail, with occasionally ugly results; see sorcerer's apprentice mode and
      software laser. The terms bounce mail and barfmail are also common.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  bounce message
  
     A notification message returned to the sender by a site unable
     to relay e-mail to the intended recipient or the next link
     in a bang path.  Reasons might include a nonexistent or
     misspelled user name or a down relay site.  Bounce messages
     can themselves fail, with occasionally ugly results; see
     sorcerer's apprentice mode and software laser.  The terms
     "bounce mail" and "barfmail" are also common.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (1994-11-29)
  

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