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

  Bad Thing
   n.
  
      [very common; always pronounced as if capitalized. Orig. fr. the 1930
      Sellar & Yeatman parody of British history 1066 And All That, but
      well-established among hackers in the U.S. as well.] Something that can't
      possibly result in improvement of the subject. This term is always
      capitalized, as in ?Replacing all of the DSL links with bicycle couriers
      would be a Bad Thing?. Oppose Good Thing. British correspondents confirm
      that Bad Thing and Good Thing (and prob. therefore Right Thing and {
      Wrong Thing) come from the book referenced in the etymology, which
      discusses rulers who were Good Kings but Bad Things. This has apparently
      created a mainstream idiom on the British side of the pond. It is very
      common among American hackers, but not in mainstream usage in the U.S.
      Compare Bad and Wrong.
  

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

  Bad Thing
  
      (From the 1930 Sellar & Yeatman parody "1066 And All
     That") Something that can't possibly result in improvement of
     the subject.  This term is always capitalised, as in
     "Replacing all of the 9600-baud modems with bicycle couriers
     would be a Bad Thing".
  
     Opposite: Good Thing.
  
     British correspondents confirm that Bad Thing and Good
     Thing (and probably therefore Right Thing and Wrong
     Thing) come from the book referenced in the etymology, which
     discusses rulers who were Good Kings but Bad Things.  This has
     apparently created a mainstream idiom on the British side of
     the pond.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  

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