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SF terms join SHORTER OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY

"Tardis", "Jedi", "Klingon" now officially English words

By Mike Whybark     October 01, 2002

In May 2002 the publishers of the SHORTER OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY unveiled a massive revision to the standard reference work. In publicity materials related to the release the publishers highlighted some vocabulary items of interest to CINESCAPE readers:

"Several entries are testaments to the popularity of science fiction, among them Tardis from the TV series DOCTOR WHO, Jedi from STAR WARS, and Klingon from STAR TREK."

The material also noted the addition of a phrase derived from the beloved rock spoof SPINAL TAP. That's right: "go up to eleven" has now officially entered the canon.

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