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BOGUS (WPI, Yale, Stanford) adj. 1. Non-functional. "Your
patches are bogus." 2. Useless. "OPCON is a bogus
program." 3. False. "Your arguments are bogus." 4.
Incorrect. "That algorithm is bogus." 5. Silly. "Stop
writing those bogus sagas." (This word seems to have some, but
not all, of the connotations of RANDOM.) [Etymological note from
Lehman/Reid at CMU: "Bogus" was originally used (in this
sense) at Princeton, in the late 60's. It was used not particularly in
the CS department, but all over campus. It came to Yale, where one of
us (Lehman) was an undergraduate, and (we assume) elsewhere through
the efforts of Princeton alumni who brought the word with them from
their alma mater. In the Yale case, the alumnus is Michael Shamos, who
was a graduate student at Yale and is now a faculty member here. A
glossary of bogus words was compiled at Yale when the word was first
popularized (e.g., autobogophobia: the fear of becoming bogotified).]