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bogus


  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bogus  \Bo"gus\,  a.  [Etymol.  uncertain.] 
  Spurious;  fictitious;  sham;  --  a  cant  term  originally  applied 
  to  counterfeit  coin,  and  hence  denoting  anything  counterfeit. 
  [Colloq.  U.  S.] 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bogus  \Bo"gus\,  n. 
  A  liquor  made  of  rum  and  molasses.  [Local,  U.  S.]  --Bartlett. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  bogus 
  adj  :  fraudulent;  having  a  misleading  appearance  [syn:  {fake},  {phony}, 
  {phoney},  {bastard}] 
 
  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
 
  bogus  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.  Unbelievable. 
  "You  claim  to  have  solved  the  halting  problem  for  Turing  Machines? 
  That's  totally  bogus."  6.  Silly.  "Stop  writing  those  bogus  sagas." 
 
  Astrology  is  bogus.  So  is  a  bolt  that  is  obviously  about  to  break. 
  So  is  someone  who  makes  blatantly  false  claims  to  have  solved  a 
  scientific  problem.  (This  word  seems  to  have  some  but  not  all  of  the 
  connotations  of  {random}  --  mostly  the  negative  ones.) 
 
  It  is  claimed  that  `bogus'  was  originally  used  in  the  hackish 
  sense  at  Princeton  in  the  late  1960s.  It  was  spread  to  CMU  and  Yale 
  by  Michael  Shamos,  a  migratory  Princeton  alumnus.  A  glossary  of  bogus 
  words  was  compiled  at  Yale  when  the  word  was  first  popularized  there 
  about  1975-76.  These  coinages  spread  into  hackerdom  from  CMU  and  MIT. 
  Most  of  them  remained  wordplay  objects  rather  than  actual  vocabulary 
  items  or  live  metaphors.  Examples:  `amboguous'  (having  multiple 
  bogus  interpretations);  `bogotissimo'  (in  a  gloriously  bogus  manner); 
  `bogotophile'  (one  who  is  pathologically  fascinated  by  the  bogus); 
  `paleobogology'  (the  study  of  primeval  bogosity). 
 
  Some  bogowords  however,  obtained  sufficient  live  currency  to  be 
  listed  elsewhere  in  this  lexicon;  see  {bogometer},  {bogon},  {bogotify}, 
  and  {quantum  bogodynamics}  and  the  related  but  unlisted  {Dr.  Fred  Mbogo}. 
 
  By  the  early  1980s  `bogus'  was  also  current  in  something  like 
  hacker  usage  sense  in  West  Coast  teen  slang,  and  it  had  gone  mainstream 
  by  1985.  A  correspondent  from  Cambridge  reports,  by  contrast,  that 
  these  uses  of  `bogus'  grate  on  British  nerves;  in  Britain  the  word  means 
  rather  specifically,  `counterfeit',  as  in  "a  bogus  10-pound  note". 
 
 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  bogus 
 
  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.  Unbelievable.  "You  claim  to  have  solved  the  halting 
  problem  for  Turing  Machines?  That's  totally  bogus." 
 
  6.  Silly.  "Stop  writing  those  bogus  sagas." 
 
  Astrology  is  bogus.  So  is  a  bolt  that  is  obviously  about  to 
  break.  So  is  someone  who  makes  blatantly  false  claims  to  have 
  solved  a  scientific  problem.  (This  word  seems  to  have  some 
  but  not  all  of  the  connotations  of  {random}  -  mostly  the 
  negative  ones.) 
 
  It  is  claimed  that  bogus"  was  originally  used  in  the  hackish 
  sense  at  {Princeton}  in  the  late  1960s.  It  was  spread  to 
  {CMU}  and  {Yale}  by  Michael  Shamos,  a  migratory  Princeton 
  alumnus.  A  glossary  of  bogus  words  was  compiled  at  Yale  when 
  the  word  was  first  popularised  (see  {autobogotiphobia}  under 
  {bogotify}).  The  word  spread  into  hackerdom  from  CMU  and 
  {MIT}.  By  the  early  1980s  it  was  also  current  in  something 
  like  the  hackish  sense  in  West  Coast  teen  slang,  and  it  had 
  gone  mainstream  by  1985.  A  correspondent  from  {Cambridge},  UK 
  reports,  by  contrast,  that  these  uses  of  bogus"  grate  on 
  British  nerves;  in  Britain  the  word  means  rather 
  specifically,  "counterfeit",  as  in  "a  bogus  10-pound  note". 
 
 




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