This is a kinda silly post, but in micro-editing THE SPIKE for the US
edition my editor asks for US-friendly replacements for `boffin' and
Main Entry: bof·fin
Etymology: origin unknown
chiefly British : a scientific expert;
especially : one involved in technological
and a motor-mower engine is the sort of lawnmower run by petrol (gas),
rather than human ATP and huffing sounds.
My use of `boffins' relates to Arthur C Clarke and his Interplanetary
Society chums after WW II, so it's kinda hard to see why I should use a
*non*-Brit term, but if you demmed colonials don't understand what it
means, then I shall do so. Any suggestions for Yankoid contenders? `Nerd
and `geek' are of course much too recent. `Pundit' isn't quite right.
`Longhaired experts', `pointyheads' and other 1950ish terms don't catch it
Damien Broderick [a demmed other colonial]
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