Ghu

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Ghu is a term from science fiction fandom that was also used by media fans of the zine era. It is a fannish replacement for God in phrases like, "Thank Ghu that the actors never got involved in any of that nonsense."[1] According to Fancyclopedia,

Revealed by Donald Wollheim and John B. Michel on August 6, 1935 Ghu is either a beetle living on Vulcan or Wollheim personified – or possibly both, depending on who was defining it and when. Various members of the New York Futurians served as acolytes with fitting high-sounding church titles.[2]

As of 2015, Ghu is still in use in online sf fandom.[3]

References

  1. From Southern Enclave #34 (1993)
  2. Ghu - Fancyclopedia 3, Archived version
  3. Comment to a File 770 blog post about Worldcon on April 24, 2015: Ghu only knows what the business meeting might do, but it still may be a possibility.