More semantic drift

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Fri Sep 22 16:33:16 UTC 2006


My experience too, probably from t1977 when I first taught _Oedipus Rex_.

  Remember, though, our writer is a Professor.

  JL


Charles Doyle <cdoyle at UGA.EDU> wrote:
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In our students' writing, "playwright" usually goes in the other direction; an author is a "playwrite" (like "barkeep" or "chimneysweep").

--Charlie
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>Date: Fri, 22 Sep 2006 07:33:40 -0700
>From: Jonathan Lighter
>Subject: More semantic drift
>To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
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> _playwrighting_, n. playwriting: "Aristotle's dramatic structure was eventually adopted as the rules of playwrighting." [100,000 raw Googlits.]
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> JL

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