Fictional Materials for OED

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sun Jan 3 03:21:13 UTC 2010

It is interesting that, from Star Trek, the OED has entries for beam (v.), Klingon (n. and adj.), mind-meld, phaser, photon torpedo, prime directive, warp factor, and warp speed.  Their inclusion may be based on figurative uses outside of Star Trek.

>From Star Wars, I see only carbonite and droid.  I can understand ewok and wookiee not being included, but surely "force" in its Lucasian sense should be in OED.

Fred Shapiro

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