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Victor Steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Fri Apr 19 06:07:05 UTC 2013

FWIW, the expression always sounded odd to my ears. Just because it's no
longer unusual and likely not uncommon does not mean that it was not a
specialized calque.


On 4/19/2013 1:48 AM, Benjamin Barrett wrote:
> According to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_video_games, Space =
> Invaders came from Japan in 1978, so there's potential for borrowing as =
> far back as then. Either way doesn't preclude (re)coinage at MIT, of =
> course.
> To my ears, the expression will always sound like a Japanese person =
> trying to use katakana in English.
> Benjamin Barrett
> Seattle, WA

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