three-dimensional television or film
The decision to marry a woman who has been properly trained for wifery need not be cold-bloodedly commercial. True…the procedure of reviewing threedy tapes of our clients, examining their genetic and personal files, interviewing those women who seem most promising, etc.,is reminiscent of the personnel office rather than the romantic idyll.
Native Tongue xv. 173
‘It’s not just lessons all the time, then? So long as you’re talking Jovian, for example, you could be talking about dinner or the threedies or anything else at all?’ ‘That’s quite right, Mrs. Landry,’ said Jennifer. ‘There is of course no such language as Jovian—but you have the rest of it right.’
Native Tongue xviii. 208
He himself had only been, what? Ten? Hush. Be quiet. Grownups clustered with worried faces around the threedy, flickering images from far away, grave pronouncements by solemn men and women. Don't you know there’s a Crisis? Men and women are dying to save children like you. At strange places with strange names. The Bean. Left Hook. Damocles. Deimos. Phobos. No, he hadn’t known. At ten, there was little to know except that Popito was away and Mamita sometimes cried herself to sleep.
Singing City in Analog Science Fiction & Fact Sept.–Oct. 149/1
any evidence 1984
Suzette Haden Elgin, "Native Tongue"
Research HistoryDouglas Winston submitted a 1984 cite for the plural from Suzette Haden Elgin's "Native Tongue", and Mike Christie located a cite for the singular from the same work.
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 2019 cite from Michael F. Flynn.
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