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The Outer Limits (ABC 1963 - 1965)
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Eadie
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 23, 2020 1:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My English teacher says it is from one of Charles Dickens' speeches.
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filmdetective
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 26, 2020 10:29 pm    Post subject: Thanks For Reply with quote

Thanks for asking your English teacher, Eadie.
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filmdetective
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 28, 2020 2:05 am    Post subject: My Previous Net Posts . . . Reply with quote

One of my previous pen names was, should I reveal it, like Forry did on the Music For Robots 33 & 1/3 rpm record album?

Well, I did post to one message board as Wade Norton, the Drifter of the "Guests" episode of OL.

Do any of you ALL SCI-FI members recall a message board named, Outer Limits Cafe?

I think that's the correct name.

That board later moved to another hosted site, but the old board stayed around for a long time after the move, and I lost contact with that particular group.
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filmdetective
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2020 5:07 am    Post subject: Fun With Acronyms Reply with quote

scotpens wrote:
The classic episode "O.B.I.T.", which deals with omnipresent surveillance, loss of privacy and addictive voyeurism, is more relevant now than when it was first shown more than 50 years ago. Except back then, it was considered science fiction!


As I've mentioned elsewhere, Outer Limits writers had a lot of fun with changing innocuous old sayings into very sinister sayings.

Along with the Control Voice, which as a joke on the idea that people could be controlled by subliminal voices on the soundtracks of television, the writers also had a lot of fun with acronyms. I've noted that often times acronyms are not chance occurrences of initials for words that form a word, but words that are chosen first and the letters of those words fixed to say things that form the word. OBIT is a really great acronym, the letters standing for Outer Band Individuated Teletracer.
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scotpens
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2020 1:01 am    Post subject: Re: Fun With Acronyms Reply with quote

filmdetective wrote:
I've noted that often times acronyms are not chance occurrences of initials for words that form a word, but words that are chosen first and the letters of those words fixed to say things that form the word.

That's what's known as a "backronym." Other examples include SPECTRE (Special Executive for Counterintelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion; UNCLE (United Network Command for Law and Enforcement; and SHADO (Supreme Headquarters, Alien Defence Organisation).*

*I kept the British spellings because it was a British show!
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2020 3:36 am    Post subject: BARUMP-BUMP! Reply with quote

BARUMP-BUMP!

Scotpens, many thanks for adding a new word to my vocabulary.
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