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

  crufty
   /kruhf'tee/, adj.
  
      [very common; origin unknown; poss. from ?crusty? or ?cruddy?]
  
      1. Poorly built, possibly over-complex. The canonical example is ?This is
      standard old crufty DEC software?. In fact, one fanciful theory of the
      origin of crufty holds that was originally a mutation of ?crusty? applied
      to DEC software so old that the ?s? characters were tall and skinny,
      looking more like ?f? characters.
  
      2. Unpleasant, especially to the touch, often with encrusted junk. Like
      spilled coffee smeared with peanut butter and catsup.
  
      3. Generally unpleasant.
  
      4. (sometimes spelled cruftie) n. A small crufty object (see frob); often
      one that doesn't fit well into the scheme of things. ?A LISP property list
      is a good place to store crufties (or, collectively, random cruft).?
  
      This term is one of the oldest in the jargon and no one is sure of its
      etymology, but it is suggestive that there is a Cruft Hall at Harvard
      University which is part of the old physics building; it's said to have
      been the physics department's radar lab during WWII. To this day (early
      1993) the windows appear to be full of random techno-junk. MIT or Lincoln
      Labs people may well have coined the term as a knock on the competition.
  

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