Sturgeon's Law

Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Wed Jan 17 00:45:06 UTC 2001

>Tsk Tsk. What if we called your Hondas JUNK?


>Please stop e-mailing this address, it is a business address
>and no one has requested to join your American Dialect Society
>please refrain from sending this JUNK!!!
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Baker, John <JBaker at STRADLEY.COM>
>Date: 16 January 2001 15:06
>Subject: Sturgeon's Law
>>         Sturgeon's Law in its original form stated stated "90% of
>>is crud," but the last word is usually altered to "crap."  I had always
>>heard that it came up in a casual conversation between the science fiction
>>writer Theodore Sturgeon and some fans.  While that may be the case,
>>Sturgeon apparently made it available to the broader world in a talk to the
>>World Science Fiction Convention in 1953.  That's according to an account
>>James Gunn in The New York Review of Science Fiction #85, September 1995.
>>According to the Theodore Sturgeon FAQ, Sturgeon then wrote about
>>"Sturgeon's Revelation" (as he then called it) in the March 1958 issue of
>>Venture Science Fiction.  The FAQ, with a link to the relevant portion of
>>the Gunn account, is available at
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Dennis R. Preston
Department of Linguistics and Languages
Michigan State University
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