[Ads-l] Antedating Zap Gun (UNCLASSIFIED)

Jeff Prucher 000000b93183dc86-dmarc-request at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Fri Jan 9 20:31:25 UTC 2015


Nice, Bill! Efanzines.com is a real treasure. Note also, that in fannish circles, a zap gun is a water pistol. See, e.g., http://fancyclopedia.org/zap. (Due to the extreme difficulty in finding actual uses, as opposed to mentions, of fanspeak terms, this is not well-documented outside of the various fannish lexicons.)




> On Friday, January 9, 2015 8:39 AM, "Mullins, Bill CIV (US)" <william.d.mullins18.civ at MAIL.MIL> wrote:
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> OED has 1969 for "zap gun" (under entry for zap)
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> OED SF project has 1954.
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> _Fantasy Review_ Feb-Mar 1947 p 3
> http://efanzines.com/FR/fr01.pdf
> "ASF's competitor-mags are stocked by professional pulp-writers with 
> plots =
> about lush, semi-clad damsels, greenish monsters with nasty notions, stalwa=
> rt heroes with zap-guns."
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