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feeping creaturism /fee'ping kree`ch*r-izm/ n.
deliberate spoonerism for creeping featurism, meant to imply
that the system or program in question has become a misshapen
creature of hacks. This term isn't really well defined, but it
sounds so neat that most hackers have said or heard it. It is
probably reinforced by an image of terminals prowling about in the
dark making their customary noises.
--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.