Coinages (part two)

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Tue Jan 25 01:22:28 UTC 2000

On Thu, 20 Jan 2000 Bapopik at AOL.COM wrote:

> 06-07-1987, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, pg. 3--...(Alice--ed.) Kahn is best
> known beyond the Bay Area as the columnist who first coined the word
> "yuppie"...

Kahn's claim is clearly untrue.  "Yuppie" was used before Kahn by Bob
Greene in 1993, Joseph Epstein and the Los Angeles Times in 1982, and
probably others back to the late 1970s.

Fred R. Shapiro                             Coeditor (with Jane Garry)
Associate Librarian for Public Services     TRIAL AND ERROR: AN OXFORD
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