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

          [very common; back-formation from crufty]
          1. n. An unpleasant substance. The dust that gathers under your bed
          is cruft; the TMRC Dictionary correctly noted that attacking it with
          a broom only produces more.
          2. n. The results of shoddy construction.
          3. vt. [from hand cruft, pun on `hand craft'] To write assembler
          code for something normally (and better) done by a compiler (see
          4. n. Excess; superfluous junk; used esp. of redundant or superseded
          5. [University of Wisconsin] n. Cruft is to hackers as gaggle is to
          geese; that is, at UW one properly says "a cruft of hackers".

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