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

      [very common; back-formation from crufty]
      1. n. An unpleasant substance. The dust that gathers under your bed is
      cruft; the TMRC Dictionary correctly noted that attacking it with a broom
      only produces more.
      2. n. The results of shoddy construction.
      3. vt. [from hand cruft, pun on ?hand craft?] To write assembler code for
      something normally (and better) done by a compiler (see hand-hacking).
      4. n. Excess; superfluous junk; used esp. of redundant or superseded code.
      5. [University of Wisconsin] n. Cruft is to hackers as gaggle is to geese;
      that is, at UW one properly says ?a cruft of hackers?.

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

      (back-formation from "crufty") Anything unpleasant
     that accumulates over time.  Also used as a verb, as in cruft
     together, hand cruft.
     [{Jargon File]

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