Date: Sat, 12 Aug 1995 12:09:27 -0500


Subject: speed

(A friend and coworker of mine sent this little bit to me.)

Date: Fri, 11 Aug 1995 00:44:08 -0700

From: Rima & Kim McKinzey rkm[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]SLIP.NET

To: Multiple recipients of list ADS-L ADS-L[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UGA.CC.UGA.EDU

Subject: speed

I know I'm slow sometimes, but it just filtered through that for a while

now, folks have been saying "warp" speed rather than "light" speed to

indicate excessive rapidity. When did this start? Can it all be laid at

the feet of Star Trek?


Yes, actually, it is because of _Star Trek_. Before ST came along,

anyone who read science fiction might have said "supersonic" or

"hyperlight" speed when talking about moving fast (true science

fiction geeks would say "hyperlight" or something like that :-), but

the popularity of ST made "warp speed" a household term.


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