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#112994 10/01/03 02:59 PM
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In researching (unsuccessfully) the origin of 'glitch" I stumbled across the following:

http://www.lateralscience.co.uk/VicN2/vicN2.html

Whilst far fetched in the extreme; this is priceless stuff. And there's hours of fun in the hyperlinks as well! Check out "The Young Man's Book of Amusement". wonder where I can get myself a ton of iron filings and a ton of sulfur.....?


Have fun!

stales


#112995 10/01/03 03:23 PM
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What unsuccessful? Obviously Ernest is the eponym.


#112996 10/01/03 04:17 PM
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stales, how lovely to see you! Here you go:
glitch - 1962, Amer.Eng., possibly from Yiddish glitsh "a slip," from glitshn "to slip," from Ger. glitschen, and related gleiten "to glide." Perhaps directly from Ger.; it began as technical jargon in the argot of electronic hardware engineers, popularized and given a broader meaning by U.S. space program.

http://www.etymonline.com/g2etym.htm

That was a cute letter; I wonder if it's true, about the iron filings and sulphur...


#112997 10/01/03 10:21 PM
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> wonder if it's true...

hint:
Do you have a contact within the science fiction publishing industry?
Please refer them to this page www.lateralscience.co.uk/glitch


:)



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