from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • abbr. sacrifice fly
  • abbr. science fiction
  • abbr. sinking fund

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • San Francisco
  • science fiction or speculative fiction, often used to avoid having to choose between the two.
  • square feet
  • Sinn Fein, an Irish political party
  • Smoker Friendly; an establishment that welcomes smokers and caters to their needs.
  • Small forward
  • Suomi–Finland, former country code for Finland


Sorry, no etymologies found.



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  • When I see SF I am reminded of two of my favorite places - San Francisco and Santa Fe.

    Thanks for the SF (so friendly) compliments, Ruzuzu.

    December 30, 2011

  • Yes--fbharjo's comments are always super fantastic, sagaciously fabulous, and stupendously fascinating. :-)

    (That article about Roman Jakobson mentions Charles Sanders Peirce--thanks for that, hh.)

    December 30, 2011

  • Untwisting fbharjo's cryptographic puns is like solving Sudoku puzzles.

    I love them! In the present instance we see fs-SF chiasmus; flea/flee homophones each contrasting with the fly implied in the definition of SF; and baseball vs. football in sacrifice fly vs. flea-flicker.

    When I analyze fjharbo's puns I feel like Roman Jakobson, who might term these and others a bright paronomasia.

    December 28, 2011

  • When a flea-flicker won't suffice! InSufficent Flea-flickering. Who is fleeing?


    *Wrong sport*

    December 28, 2011

  • Ho-hum. It's only baseball terminology. I'd hoped it had something to do with a virgin housefly plunging itself into a bowl of soup.

    December 28, 2011

  • abbr. sacrifice fly

    What is a sacrifice fly?

    December 28, 2011