Small But Urgent........

Message Bookmarked
Bookmark Removed
I'm challenged by a guy, pretty eccentric, geeky, a genius at the same time, my boyfriend and a member of this forum.

I have to get to know the meaning of "fornit some fornus" before 5 days from now.

Crystal Shine, Tuesday, 2 November 2004 19:20 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

'Fornit Some Fornus' - Reg Thorpe and Henry in The Ballad of the Flexible Bullet, Skeleton Crew. By Stephen King

Still looking for more info though, still don't know what it means...

Beth, Tuesday, 2 November 2004 19:54 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Well....yes I know that.
Google seems to be of no help to me.
Actually, I need the exact meaning and not the references.

Crystal Shine, Tuesday, 2 November 2004 19:59 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Seems related to fornication. Try a Latin-English dictionary & grammar.

Aimless (Aimless), Tuesday, 2 November 2004 19:59 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

It's a wartime code. Ofcourse!

Fred (Fred), Tuesday, 2 November 2004 20:48 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Nerd Alert*-I learned this weekend that prostitutes in Rome used to ply their trade under supporting archways, or forna, hence the word fornicate. (Thanks, Monica!) This may be related, I don't know.

jocelyn (Jocelyn), Tuesday, 2 November 2004 20:52 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Fornit some Fornus> the Fornit is a sort of "typewriter-elf" that lives inside
a guy's typewriter and helps him write, and Fornus is the magic dust the Fornit
sprinkles to achieve said effect.

Beth, Tuesday, 2 November 2004 21:31 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Ok, I was just kidding. Beth is correct.

Fred (Fred), Wednesday, 3 November 2004 13:34 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I thought it was something to do with ovens.

Archel (Archel), Wednesday, 3 November 2004 17:24 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I think Stephen King's deliberately misspelling "fornit sum fornus." But other than "sum" being "I am" I don't have a clue.
It could be mock Latin, a schoolboy joke... I googled, but the best I got was that "fornus" could be a form of furnus (= oven, furnace).

Cherish, Thursday, 4 November 2004 00:37 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Oh, I wish I could get in a time machine and tell you what I think after I finally get into school and get my Latin minor...

Ann Sterzinger (Ann Sterzinger), Thursday, 4 November 2004 01:07 (thirteen years ago) Permalink


thanks a ton!!!


Crystal Shine, Friday, 5 November 2004 17:06 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Ha ha i m dum.

Ann Sterzinger (Ann Sterzinger), Sunday, 7 November 2004 23:53 (thirteen years ago) Permalink


I want to know where you found the answer or how.

Crystal Shine, Monday, 8 November 2004 15:21 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I guess Beth read the story "Ballad of the flexible bullet" by Stephen King.

Fred (Fred), Monday, 8 November 2004 16:38 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I asked the question on a BBS that I am on and someone came back with the answer. I can't take credit for reading the story, but I will take credit for being the first with the answer :) The BBS is ISCA BBS check it out at

Beth, Monday, 8 November 2004 20:30 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

You must be logged in to post. Please either login here, or if you are not registered, you may register here.