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Re: Roswell Incident Recalled By Vet Who Was There

From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
Date: Mon, 1 Oct 2007 00:08:34 -0500
Archived: Tue, 02 Oct 2007 21:28:46 -0400
Subject: Re: Roswell Incident Recalled By Vet Who Was There


>From: Gerald O'Connell <gac.nul>
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Date: Mon, 1 Oct 2007 00:50:53 +0100
>Subject: Re: Roswell Incident Recalled By Vet Who Was There

>>From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
>>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>>Date: Sun, 30 Sep 2007 15:01:24 -0500
>>Subject: Re: Roswell Incident Recalled By Vet Who Was There

>>>From: Martin Shough <parcellular.nul>
>>>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>>>Date: Sun, 30 Sep 2007 18:31:20 +0100
>>>Subject: Re: Roswell Incident Recalled By Vet Who Was There

Hi, Gerald,

>Neologisms are not confined to new words, but can also involve
>new usages. I would suggest that there are at least three
>obvious instances of significant semantic shift attributable to
>ufology: 'Abductee' and 'Alien' have both entered common
>parlance with particular connotations attributable to ufology,
>whereas they were previously fringe words with a fairly precise
>legalistic meaning; 'Saucer' is of course long embedded in
>common parlance, but since 1947 has gradually built up a second
>meaning - thus, by 1970, Jefferson Airplane were able to release
>a song titled 'Have You Seen The Saucers?' without fear that
>they would be misinterpreted as attempting to draw attention to
>psychedelic crockery.

Well, this is all true, of course, but really, it's addressing a
separate issue from the one I was discussing.

Elsewhere, you ask about the frequency of "humanoid" in popular
discourse. I can attest that it was being used in American
newspapers from the 1920s onwards.  It is not, in other words, a
ufology-generated word or concept.

But in the context you raise above, you might have added "close
encounter."


Jerry Clark



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