for the (pretty) new word files...

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Tue Sep 12 21:55:50 UTC 2006

On Tue, 12 Sep 2006, Fred Shapiro wrote:

> Here is the earliest I find on Nexis:
> 1999 _L.A. Times_ 23 Apr. [article beginning on page C1] (Nexis)
> The suit accuses Denver-based Touch Tone Information Inc. of "pretexting,"
> or having employees pose as bank customers in a ruse to obtain account
> balances and other personal data.

Wrong!  I neglected to go to the last page of the Nexis list of hits.  The
earliest on Nexis is the 1992 Computerworld article indirectly cited by
Ben Zimmer in his posting.

Fred Shapiro

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