McGuffin

According to Webster’s New Millennium Dictionary of English, Preview Edition (v 0.9.6), a McGuffin or MacGuffin is:

…in film, a plot device that has no specific meaning or purpose other than to advance the story; any situation that motivates the action of a film either artificially or substantively; also written MacGuffin . Alfred Hitchcock’s term, based on a story where this device was used in a story set on a Scottish train

For a modern day example, it’s used in Pulp Fiction. The briefcase with the shiny gold objects inside is a McGuffin.

So what you may ask?…


Well it got me thinking. In the context of this Blog, I am the McGuffin.

2 comments on “McGuffin”

  1. Chris Reply

    Pulp Fiction was exactly what came to mind as I started reading the definition. Lo and behold, it’s listed two lines down.

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