BEM

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BEM

  1. British Empire Medal

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Acronym of bug-eyed monster.

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BEM (plural BEMs)

  1. (science fiction, fandom slang, often derogatory) A stock character in science fiction; a grotesque creature, often an extraterrestrial, that menaces the protagonists.
    • 1940 November, Parmer Farrell, “The Reader Speaks”, Thrilling Wonder Stories, volume 18, number 2, page 120: 
      Incidentally, Mr. Bergey, the BEM's on your latest smear have extremely jovial expressions on their pans to be as tough a bunch of eggs as Friend made them out.
    • 1997, Lawrence Miles, Alien Bodies, ISBN 9780563405771, page 89:
      This is my first time in active BEM service. They've never let me near the Bugs before.
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