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"Star Trek" fans are called "Trekkies". Is "Smegheads" useable as a term for Red Dwarf fans, such as the following?

There's more Trekkies than there are Smegheads.

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In a word, no. The preferred fandom name for Red Dwarf fans (for themselves) is

"Dwarfer".

Referring to oneself as a smeghead would be funny, but inaccurate.


Examples include

In any case, the key to a successful grassroots marketing campaign is to put the product in front of as many people as possible. And boy did we ever. From the rabid Dwarfer to the casual fan, we got a simply bunches of folks playing the game... and by simply bunches, of course I'm talking about veritable oodles.

Roleplaying Report | Features | Red Dwarf - The Official website

and

Hattie rattles off fifty taxing questions specifically designed to shake even the most ardent Dwarfer's confidence. While our barely-legible answers are tallied backstage, Hattie swiftly returns for her Q&A. As is customary at such events, she opens by asking if anyone has the first question, but warns, "I can't answer any personal problems".

Dimension Jump XV | Features | Red Dwarf - The Official Website

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    Star Trek fans call themselves Trekkers but are called Trekkies by non-fans. The OP asked for a term analogous to Trekkies. If the Red Dwarf fans call themselves Dwarfers, what should we call them? I haven't heard the word Smegheads before, but it sounds perfect. – user14111 Oct 1 '16 at 9:40
  • @user14111 - I've seen the term applied to wannabe Dwarfers, but not applied to fans themselves. – Valorum Oct 1 '16 at 9:41
  • @user14111 - The Trekkie vs. Trekker debate rages on, on the internet. – Valorum Oct 1 '16 at 9:43
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    Ironically, the Dwarfer in the first link has a tshirt saying "Smeg Head". – Andrew Grimm Oct 1 '16 at 10:09
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    @user14111, He may be, he may not. Any such term can have varying levels of emotional attachment to different people depending on how it is used and who is using it to whom. It is generally better to stay away from using such unless you are within the "in" group and have heard/seen it used enough times to get a feel for what others are comfortable with. Depending on the word, how it is used and the user, with a single word the emotional attachments can vary from deeply insulting and a term of endearment. – Makyen Oct 1 '16 at 12:17

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