Arnold M. Zwicky zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU
Mon Jul 3 18:15:40 UTC 2006

On Jul 3, 2006, at 10:56 AM, Dave Wilton wrote:

> And I addressed most of these in "Word Myths: Debunking Linguistic
> Urban
> Legends."

ah, good.  i'm away from my library, but i'll check it out soon.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: American Dialect Society [mailto:ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On
> Behalf Of
> Michael Quinion
> Sent: Monday, July 03, 2006 10:11 AM
> Subject: Re: TIPS
>> it would be nice to have these assembled, with some discussion of the
>> history of each acronym (insofar as it is known), in a single
>> place. it
>> could even make an entertaining little book.
> Ahem, I treated most of them in my book, "Port Out, Starboard Home"
> (Ballyhoo, Buckaroo, and Spuds on your side of the pond).

i recalled that you had some of them, but not that you had so many.
the score seems to be:

   6 of 8 from the Wikipedia entry (missing: git, news)
   1 of the 6 i added (missing: crud, daemon, gomer, hep, wog)
   4 of the 6 larry horn added (missing: grunt, pimp)
    0 of the 3 jon lighter just added (swag, pog(ue), pingers), all
of which were new to me


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