"congressional meat-puppet"..........!

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Fri Jul 31 16:07:35 UTC 2009

On Fri, Jul 31, 2009 at 12:01 PM, Joel S. Berson wrote:
> So where does the "meat" part come from?

It's a pejorative for a human who acts like a puppet. "Meat" = human (or
human-ish). Cf. "meatspace" vs. "cyberspace".

William Gibson used "meat puppet" to mean "a person with a neural cut out chip;
the chip allows computer software to completely control their actions":


--Ben Zimmer

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