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

  frobnitz
   /frob'nits/, pl., frobnitzem, /frob?nit?zm/, frob?ni, /frob'?ni:/,
      n.
  
      [TMRC] An unspecified physical object, a widget. Also refers to electronic
      black boxes. This rare form is usually abbreviated to frotz, or more
      commonly to frob. Also used are frobnule (/frob'n[y]ool/) and frobule (/
      frob?yool/). Starting perhaps in 1979, frobozz /fr@-boz'/ (plural:
      frobbotzim /fr@-bot?zm/) has also become very popular, largely through its
      exposure as a name via Zork. These variants can also be applied to
      nonphysical objects, such as data structures. For related amusement, see
      the Encyclopedia Frobozzica.
  
      Pete Samson, compiler of the original TMRC lexicon, adds, ?Under the TMRC
      [railroad] layout were many storage boxes, managed (in 1958) by David R.
      Sawyer. Several had fanciful designations written on them, such as
      ?Frobnitz Coil Oil?. Perhaps DRS intended Frobnitz to be a proper name, but
      the name was quickly taken for the thing?. This was almost certainly the
      origin of the term.
  

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

  frobnitz
  
     /frob'nits/, plural "frobnitzem" /frob'nit-zm/ or "frobni"
     /frob'ni:/ (TMRC) An unspecified physical object, a widget.
     Also refers to electronic black boxes.  This rare form is
     usually abbreviated to "frotz", or more commonly to frob.
     Also used are "frobnule" (/frob'n[y]ool/) and "frobule"
     (/frob'yool/).  Starting perhaps in 1979, "frobozz" /fr*-boz'/
     (plural: "frobbotzim" /fr*-bot'zm/) has also become very
     popular, largely through its exposure as a name via Zork.
     These variants can also be applied to nonphysical objects,
     such as data structures.
  
     Pete Samson, compiler of the original TMRC lexicon, adds,q
     "Under the TMRC (railway) layout were many storage boxes,
     managed (in 1958) by David R. Sawyer.  Several had fanciful
     designations written on them, such as "Frobnitz Coil Oil".
     Perhaps DRS intended Frobnitz to be a proper name, but the
     name was quickly taken for the thing".  This was almost
     certainly the origin of the term.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (1994-12-16)
  

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