Post by Mark Brader Post by Richard Yates Post by occam
From 'Workaholics', the BBC radio program that brought you 'parselee'
(Japanese for spinster), we now have the 'milliHelen'.
It is by no means original to Workaholics, though, with examples found
at least 45 years ago.
And, of course, spelled "millihelen". That's what you get for learning
words from the radio.
"milliHelen" in a letter in the January 1959 issue of New Scientist.
Unit of ugliness
Sir, - In the correspondence on "The
mathematics of beauty," I was interested
in the concept of the milliHelen, defined
as the amount of beauty required to
launch one ship. It may be of interest
to record that this idea was conceived
independently by an ex-colleague, Edgar
J. Westbury. He and I worked this out
some six months or so ago, extending
the dimension into the opposite realm.
We devised the "negative milliHelen,"
or to bring it into line with current
thought on anti-matter, the "milli-
antiHelen." This is the unit of female
ugliness, and is the amount required to
sink one battleship.
Peter Duncanson, UK