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Does anyone know what the 'Red Dwarf' word 'smeg' means?

Question #72781. Asked by guilmon3.
Last updated Sep 22 2016.

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Smeg is a vulgarism or expletive used throughout the series of Red Dwarf.
Although no specific meaning is ever given, it and its derivatives are regularly used as a derogatory term. There has been some speculation that the name is related to the word smegma; however, this has been denied by the writers.[citation needed] However, one of Kryten's lines from Smeg-Ups ("get out the smeg hammer and loosen up Mr Lister's underwear") seems to imply otherwise.

The term "Smeghead" is used very commonly throughout as an insult towards characters in the show.


I don't care what the writers claim, the etymology is obvious.

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Response last updated by Terry on Sep 22 2016.
Nov 29 2006, 7:59 PM
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Avrolanc asks: "What exactly does Smeg mean?"

Doug Naylor: "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."



Nov 29 2006, 8:07 PM
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