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06 What does "smeg" mean? (Red Dwarf)




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This article is from the Red Dwarf FAQ, by Patrick M. Berry pat@interpath.com with numerous contributions by others.

06 What does "smeg" mean? (Red Dwarf)

It's a word made up by Grant Naylor for the characters to use as an
all-purpose profanity. Some fans have theorised that it was derived from
"smegma" (a particularly unpleasant bodily secretion), but Rob and Doug
deny this. In the interview on the CD included with the Six of the Best box
set, they state that "we wanted to invent a futuristic curse word which had
the right sort of consonant and vowel arrangement to make it sound like a
genuine . . . curse word." In an online chat session, Doug Naylor said "I
think it's Latin for clean, also there's an Italian washing machine company
called Smeg. Also each of the letters S-M-E-G stand for smelting metal and
something to do with the washing machine process." A detailed list of
"smeg" references in the show is available at
http://www.bristol.u-net.com/smegweb/docs/smeglist.html

 

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