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The origin of the word "Frisbee": Yale students and Connecticut pies

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Exactly when Yale students started tossing around tin pans made by the Frisbie Pie Company of Bridgeport, Connecticut, isn't clear. Most histories of the Frisbee, as well as lists of "Connecticut Firsts," put the date at about 1920. Students would fling the empty pie tins to each other as they crossed the campus and shout "Frisbie!" as a warning, like golfers shouting "Fore!" [...]

BBC Wordhunt

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In conjunction with a major forthcoming BBC2 series, the OED invites you to hunt for words and help rewrite 'the greatest book in the English language'.

OED Science Fiction

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OED science fiction words and phrases project, now updated to allow public access to the SF citation database. Way cool.

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