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

  bogon
   /boh'gon/, n.
  
      [very common; by analogy with proton/electron/neutron, but doubtless
      reinforced after 1980 by the similarity to Douglas Adams's ?Vogons?; see
      the Bibliography in Appendix C and note that Arthur Dent actually
      mispronounces ?Vogons? as ?Bogons? at one point]
  
      1. The elementary particle of bogosity (see quantum bogodynamics). For
      instance, ?the Ethernet is emitting bogons again? means that it is broken
      or acting in an erratic or bogus fashion.
  
      2. A query packet sent from a TCP/IP domain resolver to a root server,
      having the reply bit set instead of the query bit.
  
      3. Any bogus or incorrectly formed packet sent on a network.
  
      4. By synecdoche, used to refer to any bogus thing, as in ?I'd like to go
      to lunch with you but I've got to go to the weekly staff bogon?.
  
      5. A person who is bogus or who says bogus things. This was historically
      the original usage, but has been overtaken by its derivative senses 1--4.
      See also bogosity, bogus; compare psyton, fat electrons, magic
      smoke.
  
      The bogon has become the type case for a whole bestiary of nonce particle
      names, including the ?clutron? or ?cluon? (indivisible particle of
      cluefulness, obviously the antiparticle of the bogon) and the futon
      (elementary particle of randomness, or sometimes of lameness). These are
      not so much live usages in themselves as examples of a live meta-usage:
      that is, it has become a standard joke or linguistic maneuver to ?explain?
      otherwise mysterious circumstances by inventing nonce particle names. And
      these imply nonce particle theories, with all their dignity or lack thereof
      (we might note parenthetically that this is a generalization from ?(bogus
      particle) theories? to ?bogus (particle theories)?!). Perhaps such
      particles are the modern-day equivalents of trolls and wood-nymphs as
      standard starting-points around which to construct explanatory myths. Of
      course, playing on an existing word (as in the ?futon?) yields additional
      flavor. Compare magic smoke.
  

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

  bogon
  
     /boh'gon/ (By analogy with proton/electron/neutron, but
     doubtless reinforced after 1980 by the similarity to Douglas
     Adams's "Vogons")
  
     1. The elementary particle of bogosity (see quantum
     bogodynamics).  For instance, "the Ethernet is emitting
     bogons again" means that it is broken or acting in an erratic
     or bogus fashion.
  
     2. A query packet sent from a TCP/IP domain resolver to
     a root server, having the reply bit set instead of the query
     bit.
  
     3. Any bogus or incorrectly formed packet sent on a network.
  
     4. A person who is bogus or who says bogus things.  This was
     historically the original usage, but has been overtaken by its
     derivative senses.  See also bogosity; compare psyton,
     fat electrons, magic smoke.
  
     The bogon has become the type case for a whole bestiary of
     nonce particle names, including the "clutron" or "cluon"
     (indivisible particle of cluefulness, obviously the
     antiparticle of the bogon) and the futon (elementary particle
     of randomness, or sometimes of lameness).  These are not so
     much live usages in themselves as examples of a live
     meta-usage: that is, it has become a standard joke or
     linguistic maneuver to "explain" otherwise mysterious
     circumstances by inventing nonce particle names.  And these
     imply nonce particle theories, with all their dignity or lack
     thereof (we might note parenthetically that this is a
     generalisation from "(bogus particle) theories" to "bogus
     (particle theories)"!).  Perhaps such particles are the
     modern-day equivalents of trolls and wood-nymphs as standard
     starting-points around which to construct explanatory myths.
     Of course, playing on an existing word (as in the "futon")
     yields additional flavour.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  

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