(1) Term used to describe fans, usually used ironically, as in the assertion that fans can sometimes tell that someone else is a fan because they have a Sensitive Fannish Face.
(2) Code at one point, according to Rusty Hevelin, for gay fans – perhaps because the phrase was another of those that were either coined or popularized by the notably homophobic Charles Burbee.
|From Fancyclopedia 2 ca 1959
|According to Burbee, a fan can be identified by his sensitive fannish face and the Strange Wild Look there-on. Extension applied the modifiers to other fannish things and characteristics.
|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.