[Humanist] 26.867 crufty!

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 26, No. 867.
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        Date: Fri, 8 Mar 2013 20:26:24 -0500
        From: James Rovira <jamesrovira at gmail.com>
        Subject: OED Word of the Day


Interesting choice for the OED's Word of the Day for Mar. 8th, 2013:

Your word for today is: crufty, adj.  http://www.oed.com/view/Entry/267315

crufty, adj.
[‘Of software: poorly designed, esp. unnecessarily or unintentionally
complex; containing redundant code.’]
Pronunciation: Brit. /ˈkrʌfti/,  U.S. /ˈkrəfti/
Etymology:Apparently <  cruft n.2 + -y suffix1: see discussion at cruft n.2
 *Computing* *slang*.
  Of software: poorly designed, esp. unnecessarily or unintentionally
complex; containing redundant code.
1981 *CoEvolution Q.* Spring 29/1 *Crufty*, poorly built, possibly overly
complex. ‘This is standard old crufty DEC software.’
1984  J. Varley in  S. Williams *Hugo & Nebula Award Winners from Asimov's
Sci. Fiction* (1995) 178 Routines so bletcherous they'd make your skin
crawl. Real crufty bagbiters.
2005  C. Stross *Accelerando* vii. 332 There's lots of crufty
twentieth-century bugware kicking around under your shiny new singularity.

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James Rovira
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