IV: it lives still
laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sat Oct 5 23:43:31 UTC 2002
Oh my goodness. On it creeps. Of course I now (after my 5th round
of chemo) have a very different association with the "IV league"...
At 1:19 PM -0700 10/5/02, Arnold Zwicky wrote:
>from the archives:
> Date: Sun, 12 Mar 2000 21:15:43 -0400
> From: Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU>
> Subject: Re: Halls of ivy, Ivy League
> Let me also remind us that we had a detailed discussion not that long ago
> (July 1998, to be exact) of the obviously related "Ivy League", which I've
> also seen falsely etymologized--sometimes by my own undergraduates--as
> deriving from "IV League" (again from the numeral, rather than the feeding
>from the 5 october 2002 Palo Alto Daily News, a garden column
>(provided by a service, i think, not written locally) by lee reich,
>"Getting the creeps", about virginia creeper:
> In fact, the word "ivy" lacks precise botanical meaning,
> and is applied to any number of vining plants. Virginia creeper
> has also been called "ivy" - "American ivy," by the British.
> But it's neither ivy nor Virginia creeper that led to the name
> "Ivy League." That name came about because there were originally
> only four Ivy League colleges, and "four" in Roman numerals is IV.
>it lives still.
>arnold (zwicky at csli.stanford.edu)
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