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noun 
  1. (computing) (informal) Anything old or of inferior quality.
  2. (computing) (informal) In particular, redundant, old or improperly written code.
  3. (computing) (informal) Any kind of unpleasant code or commented out code that accumulates over time.
Etymology: Uncertain: possibly from Cruft Hall, the name of the radar laboratory of w:Harvard, Harvard's physics department during the Second World War, which contained much old and unused technical equipment; possibly a blend of crust and fluff, both of which suggest things that are obsolete and superfluous; possibly a modified form of crust. The supposed acronym "commodity residue undergoing fanciful transit" is a backronym.


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