Date: Wed, 30 Oct 1996 11:38:06 -0500

From: Jesse T Sheidlower jester[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]PANIX.COM

Subject: Re: Tards

The TARDIS is the machine that Doctor Who travels in, but I believe there is an actual word "tardis", possibly used by Scots.

Any ideas?

Dr. Who's Tardis is an acronym for Time And Relative Dimension In

Space. I am not aware of any other word _tardis._

There is a word _tards,_ which is Scots for 'a strap used to

beat students with as a punishment', and American slang _tards,_

pl. of _tard_ 'an offensive person; fool; jerk', front-clipped

from _retard,_ but these are unrelated to Dr. Who's machine.

Jesse Sheidlower

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