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Posted: Fri Feb 12, 1999 12:00 am
Please tell me the origin of the word "Blimp"
Submitted by Kevin Bugert (Tacoma - U.S.A.)
Posted: Sun Feb 14, 1999 8:00 am
No-one is quite sure; the prevalling opinion is that it was invented by either th e aviator Horace Shortt (Illustrated London News 1918: Nobody in the R.N.A.S. ever called them anything but ‘Blimps’, an onomatopœic name invented by that genius for apposite nomenclature, the late Horace Shortt) or one Lieut. A.D. Cunningham (as suggested in the journal Aeroplane, Oct. 5 1951). It is suppoedly an elision of 'blister' and 'limp, a theory advanced, somewhat surprisingly, by none of ther than J.R.R. Tolkien.