APPENDIX A -
GLOSSARY OF MAJOR FILK WORDS AND TERMS
OO EE, OO-AH-AH, TING TANG, WALLA WALLA BING-BANG. .................Witch Doctor
Every secret society has its secret language. Here is a glossary of the fannish words used by filkers, as well as words coined specifically for filking; this glossary may help you until you know the words for yourself.
ACAPPELLA: The filk, music, term for without instrumental accompaniment.
APA: Acronym for Amateur Press Association. A letters forum run by fans for fans, put out as a kind of newsletter. There are hundreds of APAs, each with its own name (using APA as part of the title) and its own style. A major method of socialization in fandom. (See FAN, FANDOM). Filkdom has APAs of its own.
BARDIC CIRCLE: A style of filksing adapted from the SCA. The turns proceed in a neat and orderly manner around the circle in either direction, each person in turn getting a chance. People across the way cannot chime in with a follower; they must wait their turn. The preferred style in Southern California, as opposed to Modified Chaos. (See FOLLOWER, MODIFIED CHAOS, SCA) A popular style in southern California, sharing honors with Modified Chaos. Also see "Pick, Pass, or perform".
1) Beer. But spelled with The Fannish -H before the vowel. The origin for the affectation is lost in time. Most often seen in -Ghod and -bheer.
2) I think the H was added to indicate that this is for a metaphysical concept, not any actual beverage or deity. For Ghod I know that I ve heard this was added so as not to offend anyone by seeming to refer to any real deity. But I m not sure enough of this to insist on adding it.
BLANKET PERMISSION LIST: A list of filker who have given permission for any or all of their songs be posted on the Internet. So long as proper credit and copyright information is kept with the song, and it is not published or recorded for sale without specific permission from the writer. Current keeper of the list is Kay Shapero.
CALLAHAN'S: Callahan's Bar; the setting for a series of Spider Robinson stories collected in Callahan's Crosstime Saloon and several sequels. Callahan's is also known for it collection of very, very bad puns which is why filkers love the stories.
CATS: Small furry quadrupeds. The pet of choice for filkers. They figure heavily in filksongs, e.g. Frank Hayes -Never Set the Cat on Fire, Mercedes Lackey s -Feline American Princess and Dr. Jane Robinson s -Overflowing Catbox Blues. Not bad when baked with rosemary and garlic.
CHAOS: Filksing has no particular organization; filkers participate as they please. (see MODIFIED CHAOS)
CHEERY-OSE: A happy and upbeat song about death and destruction. (see OSE for full details)
CIRCLE: (See Bardic Circle)
CLASSIC TREK (see TREK CLASSIC)
CON: A science-fiction/fantasy convention.
CON-CHORD: The oldest continuing convention devoted to filk singing. The first Con-Chord was held in 1983 and has been held in the greater Los Angeles area ever since.
CONCOM: Convention committee. You know the people who run and organize a convention.
CONSONANCE: SF and San Jose filk music convention.
DANDELION CONSPIRACY: Started by Kathy Mar, The Dandelion Conspiracy was to show Science Fiction conventions that filk was popular and they should plan, devote space and to lobby for better treatment for filking. The basic idea was to put little dandelion stickers on everyone's badges to show that filkers where springing up everywhere.
DARKOVER: Marion Zimmer Bradley s series of s.f. and fantasy novels about a world of telepaths, Free Amazons, Tower Keepers and visitors from Earth. Also the name of the world. Many female filkers love Darkover, and have written oodles of filk songs about it.
DEMI-GHOD: The person officiating at a Modified Chaos filksing. She suppresses filkhogs, encourages people in the back who haven t gone yet, lets newcomers have a chance, alters the theme of the next round of songs to break up too many followers, and generally keeps the filksing friendly in a disorganized situation. (See FILKHOGS, FOLLOWERS, MODIFIED CHAOS)
DORSAI: A series of s.f. books about mercenary soldiers written by Gordon (Gordy) Dickson. Also the name of the mercenaries home planet. Also the name of the mercenaries as a group. As popular among male filkers as Darkover is among female filkers, also giving rise to sagans of Dorsai songs (see DARKOVER, SAGAN; see also Appendix B, -IAN THE GRIM ) .
DORSAI IRREGULARS: A fringe fan group once led by Robert (Bob) Asprin, popular in the Mid-West. The Dorsai Irregulars were the SF outgrowth of the SCA group known as the Black Horde. A large number of comic Dorsai songs can be blamed on the Irregulars, either as authors or as the inspiration for them. (See Tully, see also Appendix B, Bob Asprin). DS9 Short for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
EARTH: Also known as Terra and Sol 3. Where most filkers live. (If you have the e-mail or URL of those filkers not living on earth please pass it along)
EGOBOO: A boost to the ego. Having a letter or article published, being on a panel, being talked about in a conreport, being mention in a song, etc. The fannish medium of exchange. In some circles, there is no such thing as negative egoboo. That is, even insults are egoboo.
FAN: A science-fiction and/or fantasy fan.
FANDOM: The community of s.f. and fantasy fans; the social aspect of being a fan. It is the state of realizing that YOU ARE NOT ALONE; there are few moments as important as when a fan discovers fandom. One can read sf books, write space songs or watch STAR TREK for years in solitude. But when one starts to write stories for fanzines, goes to conventions, enters drawings in the art show, sews costumes for the masquerade, joins a filksing, and/or participates in a Fanzine or an APA (see APA), one has entered fandom. Fandom participation reaches critical levels when one EDITS a fanzine, RUNS a convention, or HOSTS a filksing.
FANZINE: Not to be confused with -fan magazines such as TIGER BEAT, glossies that deal with teeny-bopper idols. An amateur magazine where the stories and articles are written by fans (as opposed to pros; see PRO); payment is made in copies. Many professional s.f. authors, including Larry Niven (see Appendix C) and Ray Bradbury, began their careers by writing for fanzines.
FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions. A description of a group's term of service, etiquette rules and notes on its general purpose and outlook.
FIAWOL: (acronym) Fandom Is A Way Of Life
FIJAGH: (acronym) Fandom Is Just A Good Hobby
FILKCON WEST was first west coast filkcon. It had only 10 pre-reg members, so they cancelled the hotel and went to the LASFS clubhouse, which promptly overflowed from the walk-in crowd.
FILKHOGS: People who hog the turns and time at a filksing with there own singing or agenda; (you know who you are).
FILKSING: The name for a get-together at a convention or someone s house for the purpose of filking till the wee hours of the morning.
FLAME WAR: A very strong, passionate argument between peoples that goes on for a very long time, generally over the Internet news groups.
FOLLOWER: A filksong that works on the Word-Association principal; the previous song reminds someone else of another song. A follower only works in Modified Chaos, where anyone can leap in with a tune. The song -Medusa, for instance, might be followed by -Snakes, -Indy in Egypt, -Harrison Ford Hate Song and -The Smuggler and the Lady in succ ession. Medusa reminds one of Snakes reminds one of Indiana Jones reminds one of Harrison Ford reminds one of Han Solo... This is one of the main reasons Modified Chaos sings have Demi-ghods. Another type of follower is The Serious Song Followed by All Its Parodies, like tin cans tied to a puppy s tail. (See DEMI-GHOD, MODIFIED CHAOS)
FOUND FILK: A songs clearly fit the filk definition but they are not written by "filkers." Examples of songwriters who have written "Found Filk" include Tom Leher, Lorenna McKennit, and Al Yankovic.
FUGGHEAD: A more polite way of calling someone an absolute idiot
FUGGHEADED: really stupid
FURRY FANDOM: Fandom revolving around anthropomorphized animals. "Furry" art, fiction, and games may or may not have sexual overtones.
GAFIATE A verb; an acronym for Get Away From It All. Once used to describe fannish activity, now has come to mean the exact opposite; to drop out of fandom for a length of time for any number of reasons (working on a Ph.D., having a baby, got fed up with fan politics, etc.)
GHOD: The (fannishly hypothetical) supreme being (see BHEER). Also known as Ghu. Ghod is not related to any mundane Earthly religion
GHU (see GHOD)
GM: Short for Gamemaster. The person who runs a role playing game.
GREAT BIRD: Gene Rodenberry the creator of the Star Trek show/empire. He is often called "The Great Bird"
HAYES DISEASE: Named after the most famous sufferer of the disease, Frank Hayes. A malady in which a filker forgets the words to her own song while she is singing it. Not fatal, but highly embarrassing. Mailander s Corollary to Hayes Disease is when a filker remembers everybody s song lyrics except her own. (See Appendix C, FRANK HAYES, JANE MAILANDER)
HOUSEFILK: - I gathering of filkers at someone's house. Normally a scheduled event such as happening once a month in some areas. (See house filk section of filking 101)
THE HOPSFA HYMNAL: Famous filk song book because the editors neglecting such minor issues as proofreading, copyright, and obtaining authors' permission.
HUGOS: Annual jured Award of Excellence in the science fiction field, named after Hugo Gernsback the first SF editor. The award is given out at the World Science Fiction Convention each year.
INSTAFILK: "Instant Filk" - a filksong written on the spot.
INTERFILK : A fan fund. Most fan funds raise funds to transport a fan chosen from among fans to a convention that they would not normally attend. In our case we raise funds from filk fans to transport members of the filk community who have something special to share.
www. interfilk .org/
JOE FAN: Generic science fiction fan, like John Q. Public.
KANEF: A Bob Kanefsky song; -getting Kaneffed is having one s filksong parodied by Bob Kanefsky (see Appendix C, BOB KANEFSKY). Most filkers have been Kaneffed at one time or another; the rest wish they had been.
KEYS: Keys? We don t need no stinkin keys! In other words, virtuoso guitar playing or singing is not a prerequisite for being a filker (See Appendix C, GARY ANDERSON).
KIPPLE: To set a Rudyard Kipling poem to music. Leslie Fish has a black belt in kippling. Kipling poetry, with its musical cadences as well as the gutsy subject matters, is particularly favored among filkers. (See Appendix C, LESLIE FISH)
K/S: A genre of Star Trek fan fiction in which Kirk and Spock are portrayed as lovers; not exactly given the seal of approval by Paramount and Gene Roddenberry. K/S has its own fanzines and fandom, and a few filksongs. Several filksongs fire broadsides at K/S fandom. Also referred to as -slash .
KUSHYONS: The filk spelling for -cushions, pronounced the way it s spelled- Kushyons. Things to throw at pun-makers (see PUNS) along with pillows. The term is indigenous to Southern California. Originated by the member s of Kushyon s Flyte House, a (hibernating) SCA and filksinging household. (See Appendix C, TERA MITCHEL)
LIME JELLO: (see Appendix B)
MARY SUE: A type of fan story, especially STAR TREK or other media-based, in which the heroine is a thinly-disguised portrait of the writer (99% of media-fanzine writers are women, for some reason). Blatant wish-fulfillment on the crudest level of fiction. Wesley Crusher is Gene Roddenberry's Mary Sue.
see: The Universal Mary Sue Litmus Test
MIDWESTERN STYLE: (see MODIFIED CHAOS)
MODIFIED CHAOS: A style of running a filk circle, in which there is no strict order around the circle-yet a demi-ghod keeps a firm rein on the goings-on to prevent an outbreak of Chaos (where only the loudest and bravest get to sing). This style is popular at Midwest filksings, giving rise to its other name-Midwestern Style. As opposed to the bardic circle. (See DEMI-GHOD, BARDIC CIRCLE)
1) The ancient Greeks had a charming definition of the word -Barbarian : Anyone who was not Greek. In Iran, -infidel means anyone who is not Muslim. To Jerry Falwell and his cronies, -damned means anyone who is not a born-again airhead. Why the long introduction? -Mundane is the s.f. fannish term for Anyone Who Is Not A Science-Fict ion Fan. Definitely a derogatory term; it is kinder to call such people non-fans.
2) Mundane is often USED in the derogatory sense, it does not have to be. ANY group must have a way of distinguishing us from them, or else they wouldn t be an identifiable group. -Non-fan can be said with just as much of a sneer of superiority as -mundane , and I see nothing wrong in trying to promote the use of mundane without it being a pejorative. Furthermore, for anyone who doesn t have some part of themselves (usually about 40 hours/week) in the mundane world or who can t handle being a part-time mundane, Also see - "Rainbow s End" and "Get-A-Life" .
1) The mythical country inhabited by mundanes. A suburb where the most important part of life is keeping up with the neighbors, where the TV is God, and books are things to display on a shelf (as long as they re in a leather-bound set that makes you look intelligent; it doesn t matter if you ve never actually READ them). The main food is steak and baked potatoes with mayonnaise and Twinkies, and everyone goes to a proper Methodist church every Sunday morning (but not too early, and not if there s a football game on). Conventions are for the menfolk so they can put on fezzes, frolic with call girls and trash their hotel rooms. Sci-fi is that big-headed scientist stuff like GODZILLA, and fantasy is FANTASY ISLAND. STAR TREK has never been seen because DALLAS is on at the same time... Although the term -mundane is derogatory to non-fans, Mundania is a state of mind; every fan who has discovered fandom has escaped from Mundania. (See RAINBOW S END, SCI-FI)
2) Similar comment to last entry. The ONLY fen who don t have to spend at least part of their life in Mundania, even after discovering fandom, would be someone whose parents are independently wealthy and just shove the cash at Junior. The fan can t be the wealthy one, because even (or especially) wealthy people have to interface even more with the worst sort of mundane affairs - lawyers and the IRS.
1) Someone new to fandom, or new to filking. Or new to both. Sometimes coupled with the qualifier: neo-fan, neo-filker. Often used as a perjorative-to many fans, the word conjures up the image of a geeky fan with no manners or social graces, rather like -Trekkie (see TREKKIE). One step up from being called a -mundane.
2) Another word which has many meanings and/or uses. A Neo can be someone who hasn t yet learned the fannish social graces (or what passes for them) but is willing to learn from anyone who teach them, or it sometimes can mean someone who has been a Neo for the past 3 WorldCons. There is a saying in Engineering to describe engineers who received their degrees many years ago - some of them have gotten ten years of experience since leaving college, some of them have gotten one year of experience ten times. Same thing as Neos.
NESFA HYMNAL: A large, over 200 pages, and still in print filk songbook.. Currently available in the second edition version.
NETIQUETTE: The manners, customs and established procedures of internet culture and discourse.
NETIZEN : A citizen of cyberspace.
OBLOID: The actual shape of a -circle of filkers. A cross of -oblong and -ovoid.
OBFILK: "Obligatory Filk". A filksong or poem, or fragment thereof, included as part of post which would otherwise be off-topic for this newsgroup, usually rephrasing part or all of the off-topic issue in lyric form. Generally instafilks.
ONE-SHOTS: "One-shots" are opportunities for filkers to perform one song of their choosing in a concert setting. As oppose to being given a block of time to sing. Some conventions also offer "two-shots" or even "three-shots".
OOP: "Out Of Print". A book, tape, or CD which is no longer in production and can not be bought though normal means.
OSE: (rhymes with -dose ) A genre in filk singing, denoting songs that are extremely tragic and/or depressing. As you hear them, you get -ose, ose, and more ose [morose]. The kind of song you must never hear on a slow Sunday afternoon, or you will kill yourself. The Beatles -Eleanor Rigby is an OSE song. Ose can be combined with a merrily bloodthirsty theme and/ or a perky tune to become -cheery-ose. The Beatles -Maxwell s Silver Hammer is CHEERY-OSE.
OVFF: (OHIO Valley Filk festival) Major Filk convention in Columbus Ohio. The convention also gives out the Pegasus awards each year.
PEGASUS AWARDS: A series of awards given out for filksongs and filkers that are given yearly at the Ohio Valley Filk Festival.
PICK, PASS, OR PLAY: Your options when it s your turn in a Bardic Circle type of filksing. Pick a song you want to hear, pass if you don t have anything, or whip out your instrument (your MUSICAL instrument, wise-ass) and give us a tune. -Play also applies if you want to sing and don t have a musical instrument. Also heard as -Pick, pass, or perform.
PILLOWS: (see KUSHYONS, PUNS)
POKER CHIP FILK: Another way to run a filk circle other than bardic, chaos or modify bardic. The idea is to give everyone a turn in a filk circle but it doesn't have to be a strict order. The sing starts by handing out poker chips. One color would just be your regular turn another color would allow you to do something out of turn. You can also hoard your chips and do several in a row.
PRAY SILENCE!: Over the shushing and hisses of -Quiet! to silence a room comes a stentorian sing-song bellow of -PRAY SILENCE! Many filkers are members of the SCA and/or work the Renaissance Fair; this has crossed over to filking as an EFFECTIVE way of shutting up a noisy room. Nothing works better. (See SCA)
PRO: A professional science-fiction or fantasy writer. Someone like Ray Bradbury or Isaac Asimov, who get money for their writing. As opposed to -fan writer.
PUNS: The lowest form of comic life. The cheapest, surest way to get laughter from imbeciles and groans of agony from people with brain matter. The preferred substitute for wit among s.f. fans and filkers. The proper fannish response to a pun is to throw a pillow at the punster.
RAINBOW S END: From Bill Roper s song -Wind from Rainbow s End, about an s.f. fan trapped in his fantasy world. The exact opposite of Mundania; a land of pure fantasy that is as mind-destroying as pure cold reality. People who kill ex-Beatles are trapped in RAINBOW S END. Most people, fans and non- fans alike, safely commute between the real world and their fantasy worlds.
SAGAN: A very large number, such as -There are a sagan cats in my house. Remember Carl Sagan s famous line?------billions and billions .
SCA: The Society for Creative Anachronism. People who dress up in metal suits and hit each other with big sticks. If you re allergic to medieval- speak, stay away, or you ll be -What ho, thou saucy varlet! ed. to death. (Okay, they do other stuff, like beadwork and tapestries, but the SCA fighters are the metal-suit-and-big-stick crowd.) Several SCA bards have become well-known filkers, and vice-versa.
SCAN, SCANNING, SCANSION: The RHYTHM of the filksong, as opposed to the RHYME. Scansion is the quality of a song s rhythm-the number of syllables per line fit the tune, and the words are stressed correctly. John Denver s song -Thank God I m a Country Boy has the line -I d rather have a fiddle and m farmin tools, that scans perfectly. He could not substitute the word -guitar for -fiddle without saying -GEE-tar, and if he d said -MY farminG tools, it would have added too many syllables for comfortable singing. The two most valuable qualities of a filksong are scansion and rhyme; we say that a song RHYMES AND SCANS. SCI-FI (see S.F.)
SEQUELITIS: A rampant disease in filk fandom. Harmless and often amusing in tiny doses; unfortunately, filkers don t believe in tiny doses. Someone will sing a moving song, or a funny song. One person hearing this gets a great idea for a parody of that song. Her parody shows up a month or so later and is greeted with roars of laughter. By next week fourteen other people have written parodies, and the original song is lost. If it s a parody of a funny song, 99% of the time the parody is nowhere near as funny as the original. Another symptom of SEQUELITIS is adding verses onto an already completed song, and adding verses and adding verses... Some people are so good at parodying, however, that the unwritten rule is that they get first crack at the song (see Appendix C, BOB KANEFSKY, FRANK HAYES, MURRAY PORATH). Some filkers become dangerous if their masterpieces are tampered with; parodying their work is not for the timid (ibid., JULIA ECKLAR). (See also Appendix B, -DRIVE SONGS)
S.F: SF (pronounced -essef ) The correct abbreviation for -science fiction. The term -sci-fi was coined by Forrest J. (Forry) Ackerman in the 50s and is now mostly used by non-fans, especially Eyewitness News dweebs covering conventions. Fans hate the term -sci-fi worse than Trek fans hate the word -Trekkie (see TREKKIE). There is one loophole to the rule, however (see SKIFFY).
SILICON-BASED LIFE FORM: A computer.
1) An alternate pronunciation of -sci-fi. The only socially-accepted way fans are allowed to pronounce that term. Sorry, Forry.
2) Skiffy to me means pseudo-SF crap with no social redeeming value. Especially grade C (or worse) movies and TV shows, like -V , -Cattlecar Galactica or the endless -Planet of the Apes sequels
SMOF: Secret Master Of Fandom. Someone deeply involved in fan politics; an opinion leader. Someone who makes backroom deals or otherwise engages in activities related to fan politics.
SPAM: Junk or solicited message. Generally associated with cross-posted e mail messages sent to promote a commercial or personal agenda.
STAR TREK LITE: The street term for STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION. Not often heard these days as the show improved drastically after the first two seasons.
STOPPER: A song which is so good, or bad, it stops people wanting to sing songs about a topic. A really great stoper will even stop people from witting other songs on the same topic.
STURGEON S LAW: The late s.f. author Theodore Sturgeon once wrote, -Ninety percent of science fiction is shit; but then, ninety percent of EVERYTHING is shit. Hence a reference such as -The general run of filksongs prove Sturgeon s Law. The reason so many s.f./fantasy novels (and so many mainstream novels) are very bad. The reason Congress has the reputation it has.
TREK CLASSIC, The Old Show. As opposed to -STAR TREK LITE. TREKKIE To this day there is a bitter dispute about the proper label for a STAR TREK fan. The term -Trekkie is disliked by most Trek fans. When TV news people cover a convention on a slow news day, the reporter invariably finds the fattest geek with the biggest rubber ears who thinks Captain Kirk is real, shoves her in front of the camera and says, -And here we have a typical Trekkie. (They also use the term -sci-fi. ) -Trekkie has come to mean those fans who need to Get A Life. Most Trek fans-those who like the show but who know how to live in the real world-prefer the term -Trekkers or -Star Trek fans. There is a small but determined faction trying to remove the stigma attached to -Trekkie. (See Appendix B, GET A LIFE!)
TULLAMORE DEW: A potent brand of Irish whiskey. Also called Tully. In Gordon Dixon's popular series of s.f. books about his Dorsai soldiers, Tullamore Dew was the drink of choice for his mercenaries. Tullamore Dew was also the favorite drink of Bob Asprin, the Commandammit of the Dorsai Irregulars, (he was also known as Yang the Nauseating, the Kha-Khan of the Black Horde in the SCA) and became known to fandom through him. As Bob is also a filker of note, Tully became part of a good many filksongs, especially Dorsai songs.
Production of Tullamore Dew was stopped in the early 1980 s when the distillery in Ireland burned down. Causing Fans and Filkers to look and hoard the drink. Bottles of Tully were auction off for insane amounts of money during this time. The distillery has been rebuilt and it is possible to get bottles of Tully again, however the mystique surrounding Tully has kept going.
Traditionally during a song when the word "Tully" or "Tullamore Dew" was said, everyone would stop singing (pause) and take a drink of their favored beverage or what ever was in their hands and then start singing where they left off.
TULLY: The abbreviated name of Tullamore Dew. Also the name of the lone human in C.J. Cherryh s PRIDE OF CHANUR science fiction novels, a pawn in an honor battle between the Hani and the Kif. THIS is why the line -Theyd stolen our Tully! in the song -Thieves of the Kif gets roars of laughter.
URBAN LEGEND: A palpably implausible rumor - normally propagated on the Internet.
WESTERFILK SONGBOOK: A wonderful songbook released in 1980, at westercon, and featured the cream of the crop of the best filksong up to that time. It has been in and out of print several times and produced a second volume, which has been out of print for many years. A must have if you can find it.
WORLDCON:A science fiction convention which changes cites and each year. Normally held at the end of the summer. Draws most of the top SF and Fantasy writersand fans.