Polish Meaning of New Name Embarrasses 'Syfy'
Slang for VD probably not what network had in mind for rebranding
By Nick McMaster, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 20, 2009 3:06 PM CDT
The new logo of the Sci-Fi channel.   (Sci-Fi Channel)

(Newser) – The much-maligned rebranding of the channel formerly known as Sci-Fi has yielded another embarrassment for the network. “Syfy”—the new name—is Polish slang for syphilis, Broadcasting & Cable reports. Native Poles, however, may be less offended by the name change than hard-core fans: Polish embassy officials say “Syfy” is also a shortening of “science fiction” in Polish ... just like “Sci-Fi.”

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Mar 21, 2009 5:34 AM CDT
"GOWNO"......ROFL.....THAT WAS A GOOD ONE!!....I thought Janeway kicked serious butt....the borg caught hell...and Seven of nine wasn't hard to look at either
Mar 21, 2009 3:02 AM CDT
Picard clumsily used what little knowledge he managed to retain from Captain James T. Kirk
Mar 20, 2009 11:34 AM CDT
Should have named it GÓWNO