passifan

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Blend of passive and fan

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passifan (plural passifans or passifen)

  1. (dated, fandom slang) A fan, particularly of science fiction, who watches and reads the genre but does not actively engage in fanac, or fan activity.
    • c. 1944, Forrest J Ackerman, Fantasy Flanguage:
      Passifan: The "unawakened" Fan, interested now only in reading the magazines and books; not yet participating in any activities.
    • 1948 December, J. Harmon, Thrilling Wonder Stories, volume 33, number 2: 
      I learned that last phrase from a femme passifan Miss Marlene Maples.

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