[Ads-l] DUFF

GUY LETOURNEAU Owner guy1656 at CENTURYLINK.NET
Fri Feb 20 17:14:08 UTC 2015


In science fiction fandom of the 60s and 70s, "DUFF" was the 'Down Under Fan Fund,' a kind of slush fund or kitty that SF clubs or convention organizers could pull from to subsidize the admission cost of a financially inchoate friend of the community.

It was also used as a verb.

- GLL

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From: "Ben Zimmer" <bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM>
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Subject: DUFF

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There's a new teen comedy out called "The Duff." In the movie it's
explained that "DUFF" is an acronym for "Designated Ugly Fat Friend."
The movie is based on a 2010 YA novel of the same name by Kody
Keplinger. Urban Dictionary has had an entry for "DUFF" since 2003:

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=duff&defid=25336

--bgz

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Ben Zimmer
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