Computer Dictionary/Bad Thing

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(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 [[Computer Dictionary/Good Thing|Good Thing]] (and probably therefore Right Thing and [[Computer Dictionary/Wrong Thing|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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