"Commercial" words (WAS: plural people)

Victoria Neufeldt vneufeldt at MERRIAM-WEBSTER.COM
Thu Apr 20 02:16:27 UTC 2006

> -----Original Message-----
> From: American Dialect Society
> [mailto:ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU]On Behalf
> Of Laurence Horn
> Sent: Thursday, April 13, 2006 11:36 AM
> Subject: Re: plural people
> At 7:15 AM -0700 4/13/06, James Smith wrote:
> >I hear such plural references as meaning a group or
> >class in reference to an eponymous archtype.
> >
> Hey, I really like "eponymous archetype".  That's more grown up than
> "italics" and "dentifrice" put together!  (Actually, I was going to
> say that not only do I (like Wilson) remember "dentifrice" from TV
> commercials and magazine ads, but that those are the only places I
> can remember hearing/seeing it.  It's one of those words with
> commercial applications only.
> Larry

Like the verb 'launder'?


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