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Re: Roswell Incident Recalled By Vet Who Was There

From: Gerald O'Connell <gac.nul>
Date: Mon, 1 Oct 2007 00:50:53 +0100
Archived: Sun, 30 Sep 2007 23:53:17 -0400
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

>>>"My friend said he saw the bodies, and I believed him," Sprouse
>>>said. "He said, 'We don't think the humanoid ate food.' I don't
>>>know why he said that. The digestive system wasn't designed for
>>>food or something."

>>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

>Where would you have gotten that idea, Martin? Has ufology
>contributed _any_ single word to the common vocabulary that
>doesn't incorporate some "UFO" at its core?

Reluctant as I am to suggest whence Martin obtains his ideas
(his reading lists indicate that the net is both broad and
deep), I cannot help feeling that there is evidence to suggest
that his instinct is not wholly amiss in this matter.

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.

Whether these developments constitute an enrichment or an
of the mother tongue is a further question, and one that remains
entirely a matter of opinion.

Gerald O'Connell

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