What does I.G.Y. stand for?
March 11, 2004 8:44 AM   Subscribe

Donald Fagan question: What does I.G.Y. stand for? I'm guessing International Geophysical Year isn't it.
posted by yoga to Writing & Language (12 answers total)
And you're guessing wrong.
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 8:50 AM on March 11, 2004

posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 8:56 AM on March 11, 2004

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posted by crunchland at 9:06 AM on March 11, 2004

Only Donald Fagan knows for sure, but International Geophysical Year seems to be the strongest Contender
posted by seanyboy at 9:21 AM on March 11, 2004

As stupidsexyFlanders politely said, this was a question for Google.
posted by terrapin at 12:22 PM on March 11, 2004

yoga: I have always heard that it means International...and so on...but I'm curious as to why you guessed it wasn't.

posted by davidmsc at 4:21 PM on March 11, 2004

Actually I did google "donald fagan I.G.Y" and "what does I.G.Y. mean". It didn't seem like there was a connection between the lyrics and International Geophysical Year to me.

I knew it was only a matter of time before the snark factor unnecessarily hit the green.
posted by yoga at 5:30 AM on March 12, 2004

Actually I did google "donald fagan I.G.Y"

You will get a lot more useful results if you spell Mr. Fagen's name correctly (1600 vs. 144 for the misspelling).
posted by kindall at 9:56 AM on March 12, 2004

Good catch. My bad.
posted by yoga at 10:11 AM on March 12, 2004

Also, yoga, If your query ran exactly as you say it did, then Google only returned pages with "Donald Fagan IGY" appearing as a single phrase, which is likely to miss any kind of narrative discussion of the title and give you track listings instead. Which is what you got.

Even if you retain the misspelling, changing the quotes in the query to

"donald fagan" igy

gets you your answer on the 10th hit.

Just a little google-fu for your future queries... didn't intend any snark.
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 1:40 PM on March 12, 2004

Thanks for the additional helpful Google info, SSF. All's well that ends well. :D
posted by yoga at 3:34 PM on March 12, 2004

Damn - Damn and more damn.
My Junk filters killed the following email.....

>Do the initials I.G.Y mean "International Geophysical year",
Steely Dan Online

So - I guess that's straight from the horses mouth then.
posted by seanyboy at 3:12 AM on March 26, 2004

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