Son of Frankenfood
gbarrett at AMERICANDIALECT.ORG
Tue Jul 13 13:07:55 UTC 1999
I did a little more research last night, and shortly after Paul Lewis's letter appeared in the Times, somebody wrote an article about his coining the word, the wire services picked it up and what seems like every paper in the country did their version of the story. I couldn't find the originating article, although it very well could have been that Boston Globe article I pointed to earlier.
If Paul Lewis didn't coin the word, this might be hotdog all over again. There's no way you'll prise a nearly verifiable "fact" from the hands of most any editor in the country.
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