Posted by Word Camel on March 05, 2002
In Reply to: Mulder it out posted by Marian on March 05, 2002
: I heard this for the first time yesterday. It has to do with the American television series "The X-Files," which I don't know much about. There's a detective character named Fox Mulder (hope I'm spelling his name correctly) who ferrets out information and pieces things together to arrive at conclusions (I gather). You get the idea.
That's interesting. I wonder if it's used in the US. In Britain it's not uncommon to hear people use expressions that directly relate to people in the news. So you might hear the following: "The new intern was trying to do a Monica with the boss." (I've choosen an example both sides of the pond will understand.) To change a person's name to a verb seems to fit with this. I don't think I have ever run across this in the US, but then I have only been back for a relatively short time. Has anyone else?
And the x-files? Think of many variations on the themes of bugs, people without skin and space aliens. That's all you need to know and probably more than you wanted to.