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

Mullins, Bill CIV (US) william.d.mullins18.civ at MAIL.MIL
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> Fictional Materials for OED
> Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU 
> Mon Jan 4 22:31:05 UTC 2010
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> > "Kryptonite" probably deserves a dictionary entry because it has
> > metaphorical uses beyond the Superman genre...
> 
> Here are two such uses, documented from the mid-'70s:
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> * Kryptonite, adj. 'very hard or indestructible, as if made of
> Kryptonite'
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> 1975 _Chicago Tribune 28 Dec. F14/2 "Well it doesn't bother me a bit,"
> says the man with the Kryptonite ego.
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> 1977 _College English_ 38 (7) 641 Further, we determine that the
> kryptonite-hard desk surface is there to prevent students from
> scribbling.
> http://www.jstor.org/stable/376066
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> 1981 _L.A. Times_ 12 June E22/2  [Pete Rose is] 436 away from Cobb,
> whom he could pass in 1984, providing his Kryptonite body doesn't
> suddenly incinerate.
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> --Ben Zimmer
> 

It's been a while since I read many Superman comics, but I don't recall Kryptonite as being "hard or indestructible" -- at least any more so than any other radioactive rock.

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