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

Jeff Prucher 000000b93183dc86-dmarc-request at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Fri Jan 9 20:24:32 UTC 2015


On Friday, January 9, 2015 8:28 AM, "Shapiro, Fred" <fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU> wrote:


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>Right, my impression of kryptonite is not that it's hard, but rather that i=
>t has some kind of poisonous effect on people from the planet Krypton.  But=
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Definitely seems to be the case in these examples. (Also, presumably, when they chose the brand name for Kryptonite locks -- I don't think they meant to imply that they only deter Kryptonians from stealing bikes.) There are also some interesting uses of kryptonite as a generic, unspecified substance, similar to "widget" for objects.

https://books.google.com/books?id=OKq-lMLVlzkC&pg=PA130
The Role of Natural Gas in Environmental Policy. Stephen L. McDonald, ed. 

DIANE Publishing, 1993. p. 129

The only eight U.S. producers of kryptonite seek certification for joint discussions and meetings on the possible formation of a business plan to operate an export entity to jointly market and sell kryptonite for export.

https://books.google.com/books?id=72FU7r2JWDAC&pg=PA14
China, the Art of Law: Chronicling Deals, Disasters, Greed, Stupidity and Occasional Success in the New China. by Mark E. Schaub. CCH Hong Kong Limited, 2006. p 14.

A U.S. company was interested in securing the supply of kryptonite. Gongti county in deepest, darkest Lanzhou is famous for two things: (1) its world-class supply of kryptonite; and (2) its extreme poverty.


Jeff


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