Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Wed Sep 19 08:31:45 UTC 2001

At 1:59 PM -0400 9/18/01, Fred Shapiro wrote:
>Barry is an "amateur" in that he operates outside the academic world and
>does his researches without compensation.  His work, however, is of such
>brilliance that he is nonetheless a noted authority on slang and food
>words and other areas of American vocabulary.  He fits into a long
>tradition of amateur historical-lexicographical researchers, people like
>Marghanita Laski, W. C. Minor,...

and he hasn't committed homicide


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