Mark A Mandel
mam at THEWORLD.COM
Mon Jan 7 15:10:16 UTC 2002
On Fri, 4 Jan 2002, James A. Landau wrote:
#1. I would have thought "the Supremes" meaning the US Supreme Court or the
#Justices thereof was an artifact of the post-campaign campaign after the last
#Presidential election. However, I just discovered the same usage in 1994 in,
#of all places, Analog Science Fiction magazine. Does anyone have an earlier
Not offhand, but I'm pretty sure I remember it from earlier.
#2. Probably hopeless, but does anyone have evidence that this expression
#was, or was not, derived from the name of the Motown group "Diana Ross and
Similarly: although without evidence, that was exactly how I
thought of the expression in this usage the first time I
heard it, and I have always thought that was the derivation.
It is, of course, obvious and striking for those of us who
had Motown in the music of our teens in a way that cannot be
so strong for later generations.
-- Mark M.
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