labor slang

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Tue Jan 4 16:17:24 UTC 2005

On Tue, 4 Jan 2005, James A. Landau wrote:

> psychologist Lillian Gilbreth. THERBLIG is not in MWCD10; the three
> words in MWCD10 that were created as anagrams are SPANDEX (for
> "expands"), SIDEBURNS (for "burnsides"), and ITACONIC ACID (for
> "aconitic acid," from "aconite.") <end quote>

There are other words in W10 that are full or partial anagrams; see
"ellagic," for example.

Fred Shapiro

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