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

  bucky bits
   /buh'kee bits/, n.
  
      1. [obs.] The bits produced by the CONTROL and META shift keys on a SAIL
      keyboard (octal 200 and 400 respectively), resulting in a 9-bit keyboard
      character set. The MIT AI TV (Knight) keyboards extended this with TOP and
      separate left and right CONTROL and META keys, resulting in a 12-bit
      character set; later, LISP Machines added such keys as SUPER, HYPER, and
      GREEK (see space-cadet keyboard).
  
      2. By extension, bits associated with ?extra? shift keys on any keyboard,
      e.g., the ALT on an IBM PC or command and option keys on a Macintosh.
  
      It has long been rumored that bucky bits were named for Buckminster Fuller
      during a period when he was consulting at Stanford. Actually, bucky bits
      were invented by Niklaus Wirth when he was at Stanford in 1964--65; he
      first suggested the idea of an EDIT key to set the 8th bit of an otherwise
      7-bit ASCII character). It seems that, unknown to Wirth, certain Stanford
      hackers had privately nicknamed him ?Bucky? after a prominent portion of
      his dental anatomy, and this nickname transferred to the bit. Bucky-bit
      commands were used in a number of editors written at Stanford, including
      most notably TV-EDIT and NLS.
  
      The term spread to MIT and CMU early and is now in general use. Ironically,
      Wirth himself remained unaware of its derivation for nearly 30 years, until
      GLS dug up this history in early 1993! See double bucky, quadruple bucky
      .
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  bucky bits
  
     /buh'kee bits/ 1. Obsolete.  The bits produced by the CONTROL
     and META shift keys on a SAIL keyboard ({octal 200 and 400
     respectively), resulting in a 9-bit keyboard character set.
     The MIT AI TV (Knight) keyboards extended this with TOP and
     separate left and right CONTROL and META keys, resulting in a
     12-bit character set; later, LISP Machines added such keys as
     SUPER, HYPER, and GREEK (see space-cadet keyboard).
  
     2. By extension, bits associated with "extra" shift keys on
     any keyboard, e.g.  the ALT on an IBM PC or command and option
     keys on a Macintosh.
  
     It has long been rumored that "bucky bits" were named after
     Buckminster Fuller during a period when he was consulting at
     Stanford.  Actually, bucky bits were invented by Niklaus Wirth
     when *he* was at Stanford in 1964--65; he first suggested the
     idea of an EDIT key to set the 8th bit of an otherwise 7 bit
     ASCII character.  It seems that, unknown to Wirth, certain
     Stanford hackers had privately nicknamed him "Bucky" after a
     prominent portion of his dental anatomy, and this nickname
     transferred to the bit.  Bucky-bit commands were used in a
     number of editors written at Stanford, including most notably
     TV-EDIT and NLS.
  
     The term spread to MIT and CMU early and is now in general
     use.  Ironically, Wirth himself remained unaware of its
     derivation for nearly 30 years, until GLS dug up this
     history in early 1993!  See double bucky, quadruple bucky.
  
     (2001-06-22)
  

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