"B novel"

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Thu Mar 9 13:40:51 UTC 2006

There were "V-girls," too. They wore scanty uniforms and delivered V-mail.

  JL "Mystifying the whippersnappers since 1976"

Benjamin Zimmer <bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU> wrote:
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On 3/8/06, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
> A "B novel" is just like a "B movie," except that it's a novel ! Cool !
> http://www.worldwar1.com/dbc/bstbooks.htm#6 characterizes
> Leonard B. Nason's 1929 adventure story, _The Man in the White Slicker_,
> as a "[h]ighly readable and exciting B Novel."
> There are "B girls," too, because frequently portrayed in "B pictures." Or so
> someone undoubtedly thinks, somewhere.

Not to be confused with "D girls" working in the "D pictures"?


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