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December 26 2004

NY Times Presents 2004: In a Word. Check out the gorram entry. (free registration required)

Happy New Year's to all my fellow Whedonesquers.

I think part of our non-traditional marketing campaign for "Serenity" should be to start casually using "gorram" in ordinary conversation without explanation. If querried, we act surprised, as if someone questioned our use of the word "ouch."

I'm not sure HOW this will help the movie, but somehow, I know it shall, gorram it!

(And the NY Times mention is a sign that media hipsters are getting on this train perhaps even faster than they got on the "Buffy" express.)
Interesting, tho. 'Cause I've heard all of those phrases used in the world, but I haven't heard "gorram" other than on Firefly (and, from time to time, in my head). Is the author of the piece a closet fan, trying to popularize it, or is it actually used amongst the great unwashed?

Anybody have real world sightings, or citings?

[ edited by genghis on 2004-12-27 04:09 ]
Only the ones I make by myself, to myself, genghis - but maybe I should try it publicly!

Check out the nerdiness of me - I've made a 'No power in the 'verse can stop me' button which I discreetly fasten to my bag/cuff/lapel or whatever. No one ever asks about it, but occasionally I get lunged at by someone who gasps, eyes shining, 'Oh My! I *love* that show!' It's the best fan-outer in the... um... 'verse.

Just doing my bit for Aussie Firefly fans. Got the DVD for Christmas. Love, love, LOVE it.
The author, Grant Barrett, is known as Mo Nickles on Metafilter, and is a lexicographer for Oxford University Press. He's also a swell fella, and is one of us.
I just got an email from Grant himself (psst., it would be good if he could get in the door here) regarding the article:
Tell the folks over at Whedonesque that I am indeed a closet fan. I watch very little television a year, less than a day total I'd estimate, but I tore through the Firefly DVD in a couple of days and enjoyed it immensely (not the least because of the three very appealing adult lead women: my XY chromosome pair will not be denied). A fun show to watch, all the better for being uninterrupted by commercials.

I do have citations of "gorram" in the wild, but a quick search of Google groups for "gorram -whedon -buffy -firefly -angel" will turn up a few if you want your own. They're all a bit self-conscious, though, which indicates that the word is still being used by people who are aware of its origins. It hasn't spread naturally yet and may never. Call my including it in the list "lexicographer's whimsy." It does have possible roots, anyway, in other words. I'd be interested to hear what the script writers have to say about it.
Also, he wanted to metion that he is no "media hipster" but instead is "old skool in every way that matters (and) a green new fish newbie in all the ways that matters, too."
Thanks for adding that Avogadro. It was fun to see "gorram" included in the NYT's week in review section (one of the most-read sections of the week), and doubly nice to hear Grant's thoughts on it. As a lover of lexography, I enjoyed the whole list quite a bit. Now if only we can hear the term used a bit more "in the wild"....

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