[Ads-l] Fictional Materials for OED (UNCLASSIFIED)

Baker, John JBAKER at STRADLEY.COM
Thu Jan 8 22:30:44 UTC 2015


"Carbonite" is also included.  Still no entry for "kryptonite," which I would have said has the strongest claim of all.


John Baker


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Fred's prediction has come true -- "unobtanium" is now listed in the OED.


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> I have previously suggested that OED should have entries for "kryptonite"
> (Superman), the spice "melange" (Dune) and "ice-nine" (Cat's Cradle).  No
> one seemed particularly to agree with me, as I remember.
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> I am inspired to return to this topic by noticing that Wikipedia has an
> article, "List of Fictional Elements, Materials, Isotopes and Atomic
> Particles."  This list supplies me with some additional candidates:
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> adamantium (Wolverine)
> carbonite (The Empire Strikes Back)
> dilithium (Star Trek)
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> After its use in the film Avatar, "unobtanium" may also merit OED
> inclusion.
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> Fred Shapiro
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