Freeman's antedate of "turn a blind eye"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Dec 11 15:53:45 UTC 2007

At 9:08 AM -0500 12/11/07, Amy West wrote:
>Tangential to this, did Wilson post already about Freeman's
>antedating of "turn a blind eye" in this past Sunday's column?
>---Amy West

Very nice.  I think we should compromise on a euphemistic replacement:
"the military is turning a visually impaired eye because..."

As the saying goes, "In the land of the doubly visually-impaired, the
singly visually-impaired person is monarch".


>>Date:    Mon, 10 Dec 2007 19:36:29 -0500
>>From:    "Joel S. Berson" <Berson at ATT.NET>
>>Subject: "How Dictionaries Define Publicity: The Word of the Year"
>>"How Dictionaries Define Publicity: The Word of the Year"
>>NYTimes, today.  Publicity for Ben Zimmer and the American Dialect
>>Society (its Web site).
>>Of course, Jan Freeman of the Boston Globe is quoted as saying "I
>>can't help thinking that 10 weeks of WOTY fever is about eight weeks
>>more than anyone wants."
>The American Dialect Society -

The American Dialect Society -

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