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The Elliquian Herald & Post
Issue 74 (Autumn) ~ August thru October 2017

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Author Topic: NBC changes the Sci-Fi channel to the plural of 'syphilis' in Polish.  (Read 1011 times)

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Offline VekseidTopic starter

Quote from: tvweek
To that end, the 16-year-old network—owned by NBC Universal—plans to announce that Syfy is its new name March 16 at its upfront presentation to advertisers in New York.

What a brilliant idea. I'm so proud that they chose to use the plural of a word from my Polish heritage, syf:

Quote from: wiktionary
syf m.

   1. dirt, filth, grime
   2. (colloquial) pimple, spot
   3. (colloquial, vulgar) syphilis

Of course, syphilis is a mass noun, so associating it with the -y pluralization is cheating. That's okay though, cheating in the name of cheap humor ought to be expected.

Offline Oniya

Re: NBC changes the Sci-Fi channel to the plural of 'syphilis' in Polish.
« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2009, 06:31:40 PM »

'Nuff said.  Of course, this does free up the name 'SciFi' for someone who wants to make a network consisting of classic and cutting edge science fiction, fantasy and horror, maybe with a sprinkling of edgy anime that hasn't been dumbed down to Cartoon Network levels.