Real Soon Now

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(For other vague promises, see Real Soon Now (Disambiguation))

Real Soon Now, fanspeak for "eventually" (as in "when I get around to it") — or “never” —is used as hyperbole with initial caps so frequently that it also came to be rendered as the initialism RSN, possibly more commonly used than the original phrase.

There were also variants in common usage: "Soon or Soon" was particularly popular in SAPS and at times it was sufficient to say "Soonest."

Capitals denote sarcasm.

See also: Anywhen.

From Fancyclopedia 2 ca 1959
When the MSFS/DSFL was going to have: a convention, a decent fanzine, an active membership, a properly run meeting and many other fine things that didn't quite happen. Term created by Martin Alger in 1950 to describe the excitement evident in the voice of George H. Young when he spoke of the con to be held in Detroit RSN.

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This is a fanspeak page. Please extend it by adding information about when and by whom it was coined, whether it’s still in use, etc.