fan-hitting (classified) (UNCLASSIFIED)

Arnold M. Zwicky zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU
Tue Oct 14 21:00:18 UTC 2008

On Oct 14, 2008, at 1:34 PM, Mark Mandel wrote:

> As it should be, since "feghoot" comes from sf.
> m a m
> On Tue, Oct 14, 2008 at 1:04 PM, Mullins, Bill AMRDEC <
> Bill.Mullins at> wrote:
>> Classification:  UNCLASSIFIED
>> Caveats: NONE
>>> "feghoot" is not yet in the OED.  should it be?
>> But it is in _Brave New Words:  The Oxford Dictionary of Science
>> Fiction_ by Jeff Prucher.

so it *comes from* sf,  does this determine how it can/must be used
now?  surely you don't want to maintain such a position.

i have no stake in any of this, but if "feghoot" must be limited to sf
contexts, then how do we talk about these punning/spoonerizing final
lines to jokes, many of which have nothing to do with sf? and some of
which predate the Feghoot stories?

yes, i understand,. they're all just shaggy dog stories.  there's no


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