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In Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, why does

Slartibartfast's name inspire a double take? Is it a double entendre

based on obscure British slang? Or am I over-reading it?

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  1. Dear cr8tive-ga,

    Wikipedia provides Douglas Adams? explanation of how the name came about.

    ?Douglas Adams writes in the notes accompanying the published volume

    of original radio scripts that he wanted Slartibartfast's name to

    sound very rude, but still actually broadcastable. He therefore

    started with the name "Phartiphukborlz", and changed bits of it until

    it would be acceptable to the BBC. He came closer to achieving this

    aim the following episode, with the double-act Vroomfondel and

    Majikthise. He adds to this statement in "Don't Panic: The Official

    Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Companion", an analysis by Neil


    "…One thing I don't think I explained in the script book was

    that I was also teasing the typist, Geoffrey's (Perkins) secretary,

    because … she'd be typing out this long and extraordinary name which

    would be quite an effort to type and right at the beginning he says

    'My name is not important, and I'm not going to tell you what it is'.

    I was just being mean to Geoffrey's secretary".

    Douglas Adams ?


    Don't Panic: The Official Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Companion (Paperback)

    by Neil Gaiman


    Speaking as a Brit, one view of it is that he wanted to play on the

    structure of the word and for it to sound, especially if

    mis-pronounced, something like ?start a blast fart?. You will notice

    that his first attempt at the name started with Phart. Very much

    schoolboy humour.

    I hope this answers your question. If it does not, or the answer is

    unclear, then please ask for clarification of this research before

    rating the answer. I shall respond to the clarification request as

    soon as I receive it.

    Thank you


    Slartibartfast " douglas adams"


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