zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU
Wed Aug 16 16:26:03 UTC 2000
joe pickett, replying to my wondering about whether i can be
described as a GUPPIE at my age:
Maybe you're a muppie, which according to AHD3 is
A middle-aged or mature professional person, especially one
considered to be affluent, ambitious, and trendy.
We actually deleted this term from AHD4. It is one of a small
number of vocabulary deletes we made.
upper end of middle-aged. not so sure about mature, except in age.
affluent, for a humanities professor. dubious about ambitious.
certainly not trendy. but i guess i'm within range of MUPPIE.
unfortunately, MUPPIE loses that significant G.
it's also a word i can't believe ever got used nonjokingly. so it's
surely a good thing that AHD4 abandoned it. (i just got my copy of
AHD4, by the way. these new editions *are* getting heavy, aren't
arnold (zwicky at csli.stanford.edu), who recalls discovering the
rev. r.j. lechmere guppy, of trinidad, in a dictionary
many years ago
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