Mark_Mandel at DRAGONSYS.COM Mark_Mandel at DRAGONSYS.COM
Mon Jun 21 21:23:09 UTC 1999

Barry is investigating the dialect known as fannish or fanspeak. Concerning
"stf", on which he quotes as follows ---

     FANTASTIC ADVENTURES, August 1951, pg. 120, col. 1:

     Pardon my ignorance, but what does "stf" stand for?  "S-F" is obviously
science-fiction; is "stf" a variant?
     _S-F stands for science fiction; while STF is just a variation meaning
scientific fiction,  ................Ed._

-- it's pretty much obsolete, AFAIK, but was pronounced, or -eable, /stef/, and
had the virtue of yielding the adjective "stfnal" /'stef.n at l/ [@=schwa]

Fanac (fannish activity) can include attending a con (sf convention), pubbing a
zine, filking (writing, composing, or singing sf music; see ), smoffing (running a con or other organized
fannish activity; < SMOF, acronym, "Secret Masters of Fandom"), and much more.

I have heard that a speech therapist at a recent Midwestern con gave a talk
claiming, and demonstrating, that many active fen (the plural; man : men ::...)
have discernable speech habits apart from lexis, but I don't know any more about

I'm sure there are glossaries on line, but I don't know where. If anyone is
interested, I'll post a query in an appropriate newsgroup.

-- Mark
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