Off-Topic: New attendee for 2001 ADS

Grant Barrett gbarrett at AMERICANDIALECT.ORG
Mon Apr 10 20:52:19 UTC 2000

On Monday, April 10, 2000, jester at PANIX.COM wrote:
>> Apgars are the scores a baby is given at birth and then about ten
>> afterwards that add up a bunch of vital signs: how blue they are, how
>> they are breathing, stuff like that. It's an eponym; they were
developed by
>> a pediatrician named Virginia(?) Apgar, who died last year.
>And, I might add, the precursor of the Metcalf Index, which measures
>the vital signs of neologisms, developed by Dr. Allen Metcalf and
>introduced to the world at the recent <mumble> Conference.
>Jesse "Maisie was 9, 9" Sheidlower

I love it. Both indexes remind me of the SINPO used by ham radio operators
and shortwave listeners. Signal, Interference, Noise, Propagation, Overall
(I think). A top notch reception is "five by five."

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