June 4, 2008

John Scalzi has come up with a wonderful new term, “nerdgassing.”

“Definition: The venting nerds emit when some (often minor) detail of a book/movie/TV show/comic book/etc either conflicts with canon and/or handwaves through some some suspect science.

“Example One: “In the third show of the second season of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Data clearly says that the Glorithian flagship was constructed in orbit around that planet Norgar, but then in the fifteenth show of the sixth season, it’s said it was constructed in the Buterian space docks! How do you explain that, hmmm?””

He adds, “apparently “nerdgassing” appears nowhere on the Internet. Thus: I coin it! I claim it! Me! Bwa ha ha ha ha!”

I think this term will be added to my vocabulary, especially at SF conventions, although, as Scalzi notes on his blog, Whatever, “nerdgassing” is certainly not limited to science fiction!

More details about nerdgassing here.


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