Friday, April 03, 2009
Scientific terms? Nope, they're from sci-fi.
Jeff Prucher, of the Hugo-winning Brave New Words: The Oxford Dictionary of Science Fiction, provides on the Oxford University Press blog "Nine Words You Might Think Came from Science but Which Are Really from Science Fiction." I love the fact that Dave Gerrold (of Star Trek's "The Trouble with Tribbles") first linked the word virus with nasty computer programs in 1972.