Tuesday, June 26, 2007


noun. A real lady. Old-fashioned, you might say. The kind of girl you can't bring home to Aunt Edna as spare parts for the toaster oven.

Real citation: “Mike Myers kept alive the stereotype of bad British dental hygiene in this spoof of early Bond movies, Dean Martin's Matt Helm character, In Like Flint, Alfie, you name it. But by the third movie, you've got Tom Cruise in a movie-within-a-movie cameo that has Austin Powers emulating Mission: Impossible ... it's enough to make even a non-Fembot's head explode.”
(Steve Tilley, “Top 10 favourite spoof movies,” April 14, 2006, Toronto Sun, http://jam.canoe.ca/Movies/2006/04/14/1533909.html)

Made-up citation: "'Fembot or non-fembot?' will be the 'Paper or plastic?' of the glorious, terrifying future that awaits us all."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hey, lovely blogging linguist guy! Did you know that Mary Daly coined the word "fembot"--at least as far back as the 1980s--to describe women who colluded in their own oppression? If I had one of her books here I would make you a real and a fake citation. I wonder if the "non-fembot" coinage owes anything to her?