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Re: Roswell Incident Recalled By Vet Who Was There

From: Greg Sandow <greg.nul>
Date: Thu, 04 Oct 2007 00:59:25 -0400
Archived: Thu, 04 Oct 2007 12:57:00 -0400
Subject: Re: Roswell Incident Recalled By Vet Who Was There


>From: Greg Sandow <greg.nul>
>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Mon, 01 Oct 2007 10:37:23 -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

>>>>I may be wrong but I don't believe the term "humanoid" existed in
>>>>1947. Wasn't it a ufologists' word coined in the late '50s, early
>>>>'60s?

>I haven't done any detailed studies of this, but I believe I
>remember that science fiction stories in the '50s routinely used
>the word "humanoid."

>This would be easy to check, in any case. The word might have
>appeared in science fiction even earlier.

So I checked it. There's a book called Brave New Words: The
Oxford Dictionary Of Science Fiction. It's a dictionary of words
used in science fiction, with definitions and examples of their
use. It's quite a scholarly effort, and was published by Oxford
University Press.

The entry for "humanoid" shows that the word was first used in
science fiction way back in 1940. Or at least that's the first
citation, showing how the word was used in 1940 in a story by
Isaac Asimov. The editor of the dictionary notes that many of
the words may actually have been used earlier than their first
citation, in some early science fiction magazine that nobody now
can find.


Greg Sandow




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