The World hates Barry, part 2731

Jesse Sheidlower jester at PANIX.COM
Thu Jan 4 23:11:18 UTC 2007

Alert ADS-L'ers may have just caught me on All Things
Considered talking about the OED's new Balderdash & Piffle
series, already mentioned here. One of the terms on the
to-be-antedated is _Bloody Mary_, which OED has from 1956;
Barry found a 1939 example in 2001. (It's the policy for
this series to go with OED2 dates, even when we have
improvements in the files already.)

I did my part, lying on NPR that as soon as the wordlist had
been announced, fantastic brilliant etymologist Barry Popik
had sent in this terrific example, etc.

They cut it.

Sorry, Barry.

Jesse Sheidlower

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