[Ads-l] mysterious antedatings of "foo fighter"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Apr 13 00:10:37 UTC 2023

Apparently a WWII (or, the above suggests, a slightly pre-WWII) designation
for what we now call UFOs.  Who knew?  (Well, probably some of you, but not


(There's also a wikipedia page, but nothing that would predict occurrences
as early as 1939, much less in Texas and Indiana. But typos seems unlikely.
Maybe time-travelers--there are a lot of time-travel scenarios set during
that period.)


On Wed, Apr 12, 2023 at 4:33 PM Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>

> OED: 1945
> 1939  _Tyler [Tex.] Morning Telegraph_ (July 15) 6: Standings in the Peewee
> baseball league...Dead End Kids...Junior
> Trojans...Wildcats...Dooflunkies...Foo Fighters.
> 1939 _Franklin [Ind.] Evening Star_ (Sept. 22) 4: Volley ball..."Black
> Panthers," "Golden Panthers," "Foo Fighters," and "Sterling Flashes."
> Weird typos?  Or just weird?
> JL
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