labor slang

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at RCI.RUTGERS.EDU
Tue Jan 4 21:23:16 UTC 2005

On Tue, 4 Jan 2005 11:17:24 -0500, Fred Shapiro <fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU>

>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.

And W11 has added "cotinine" (an anagram of "nicotine").

--Ben Zimmer

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