"Shermanesque" Not in OED

Shapiro, Fred Fred.Shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sun Dec 23 16:57:13 UTC 2007

There is a second Associated Press story of recent days referring to The Yale Book of Quotations.  This one is about General Petraeus issuing a "Shermanesque" statement about not being interested in running for President.  "Shermanesque," usually used in reference to W. T. Sherman's statement about not running if nominated, etc., is a common term in U.S. politics, with over 800 LexisNexis hits, but is not in OED.

Fred Shapiro

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

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