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Subject: Popular Humour / Literature-Douglas Adams
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Books and Literature
Asked by: cr8tive-ga
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Posted: 07 Sep 2006 06:30 PDT
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Question ID: 762988
In Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, why does
Slartibartfast's name inspire a double take? Is it a double entendre
based on obscure British slang? Or am I over-reading it?
Subject: Re: Popular Humour / Literature-Douglas Adams
Answered By: answerfinder-ga on 07 Sep 2006 06:52 PDT
Dear cr8tive-ga,

Wikipedia provides Douglas Adams? explanation of how the name came about.

?Douglas Adams writes in the notes accompanying the published volume
of original radio scripts that he wanted Slartibartfast's name to
sound very rude, but still actually broadcastable. He therefore
started with the name "Phartiphukborlz", and changed bits of it until
it would be acceptable to the BBC. He came closer to achieving this
aim the following episode, with the double-act Vroomfondel and
Majikthise. He adds to this statement in "Don't Panic: The Official
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Companion", an analysis by Neil

    "...One thing I don't think I explained in the script book was
that I was also teasing the typist, Geoffrey's (Perkins) secretary,
because ... she'd be typing out this long and extraordinary name which
would be quite an effort to type and right at the beginning he says
'My name is not important, and I'm not going to tell you what it is'.
I was just being mean to Geoffrey's secretary".
    Douglas Adams ?'s_Guide_to_the_Galaxy

Don't Panic: The Official Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Companion (Paperback)
by Neil Gaiman

Speaking as a Brit, one view of it is that he wanted to play on the
structure of the word and for it to sound, especially if
mis-pronounced, something like ?start a blast fart?. You will notice
that his first attempt at the name started with Phart. Very much
schoolboy humour.

I hope this answers your question. If it does not, or the answer is
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Thank you

Slartibartfast " douglas adams"
Subject: Re: Popular Humour / Literature-Douglas Adams
From: zhujiling-ga on 07 Sep 2006 07:23 PDT
It`s very good

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