[Ads-l] Fictional Materials for OED

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Fri Jan 9 02:16:08 UTC 2015


At 1/8/2015 05:30 PM, Baker, John wrote:
>"Carbonite" is also included.  Still no entry for "kryptonite," 
>which I would have said has the strongest claim of all.

Astounding, since it surely is the strongest materially -- it can 
take down Superman.

Joel



>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.
> >
> > 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:
> >
> > adamantium (Wolverine)
> > carbonite (The Empire Strikes Back)
> > dilithium (Star Trek)
> >
> > After its use in the film Avatar, "unobtanium" may also merit OED
> > inclusion.
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> > Fred Shapiro
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