A defense which should be unnecessary
mcclay at TAOLODGE.COM.TW
Wed Jun 16 14:47:16 UTC 1999
I wholehearted agree with Dr. Cohen (and this is worthy of a repeat):
Gerald Cohen wrote:
> I am writing once more in defense of Barry Popik, who is one of the
> most remarkable scholars doing research on the origin of Americanisms. His
> work on such items as "The Big Apple," "dude," the "Show-me" expression,
> "hot dog," "yegg," and "blizzard" have been received very favorably by the
> scholarly community.
> His scholarly output has all come in the past ten years, accomplished
> in his spare time. It is an extraordinary record, and I have no idea how
> he has managed to familarize himself so well with the research materials
> of our field. Except for newspaper librarians, there is probably no one
> in the country as familiar with old newspapers and periodicals as he is.
> This defense should really not be necessary. But in light of the
> unfortunate public airing of a private message expressing satisfaction with
> once temporarily silencing Mr. Popik , I find it necessary to speak up.
> Mr. Popik has somehow come to direct his enormous energy and talents to
> the field of etymology, and this field of ours has thereby been greatly
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