[Fwd: Urban Word of the Day: pluto]

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Tue Sep 12 18:14:47 UTC 2006

On 9/12/06, Arnold M. Zwicky <zwicky at csli.stanford.edu> wrote:
> today's verbing...
> > September 12, 2006: pluto
> > Verb. to pluto someone or something is to downgrade, demote or
> > remove altogether from a prestigious group or list, Like what was
> > done to the planet of the same name.
> > he was plutoed like an old pair of shoes.

Shortly after the IAU vote, one of the Scientific American bloggers
suggested a new expression: any previously mainstream scientific
theory that has fallen out of favor has "gone to Pluto".


I prefer the snappier verbing.

--Ben Zimmer

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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