Trash talk

Grant Barrett gbarrett at WORLDNEWYORK.ORG
Wed Aug 25 15:28:03 UTC 2004

I'm quoted in the article (which originally ran in the N.Y. Times), but
I didn't make those claims to the reporter.

However, many early cites of "NIMBY" do often appear in conjunction
with discussions of landfills or radioactive waste depots. The earliest
cite I have at my fingertips is from 1980, in the Christian Science
Monitor, from an article concerning landfills.

"BANANA" goes back at to least 1981, as indicated by a cite I have from
the UK. I do not have any significant data on "NOPE."

On Aug 24, 2004, at 23:42, Sean Fitzpatrick wrote:
> Sunday's Phila. Inquirer had an article about NYC sanitation workers'
> jargon. One surprising assertion:  NIMBY originated with the trash
> collection and disposal industry.
> Is this true?

Grant Barrett

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