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Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Sci Fi expletives #1

Today I decided to start figuring out where some words come from that are used as expletives on Sci-Fi shows. The first one that I started with was “Smeg” or “Smeghead” from Red Dwarf. With the use of Wikipedia I was able to find a reference to an Italian Appliance company and that they believe Smeg comes from the word smegma.

Smegma is a sebaceous secretion, especially the cheesy secretion that collects under the prepuce or around the clitoris. Now that sounds like a word that could be used as an expletive.

On the Smagma page there was a whole list of gma words. This list created a new fondness for words ending in gma. Some are very common or at least words I already knew such as magma, stigma, sigma, enigma, or dogma.

Others that I didn’t but have decided I already like are

bregma

The junction of the sagittal and coronal sutures at the top of the skull

Pragma,

A standardized form of comment which has meaning to a compiler. It may use a special syntax or a specific form within the normal comment syntax. A pragma usually conveys non-essential information, often intended to help the compiler to optimize the program.

zeugma

The act of using a word, particularly an adjective or verb, to apply to more than one noun when its sense is appropriate to only one or in different ways.

So now the goal is to find the tenth “gma” word and try to use them all in one paragraph that makes sense.

2 Comments:

Blogger safed_chuha said...

In common usage, smegma nearly always refers this substance on the penis. While I had heard that the same substance is possibly present in females, I found it odd that you mentioned this incidence as opposed to the more common male occurance.

What's up with that?

11:10 AM  
Anonymous Erin said...

I second that emotion. I've only heard this referred to in men, not in women.

What's up with that?

11:38 PM  

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