E.O.Wilson, Etymologist

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Sun Jul 1 02:29:15 UTC 2007

On 6/30/07, Beverly Flanigan <flanigan at ohio.edu> wrote:
> At 09:53 AM 6/30/2007, sagehen wrote:
> >
> >Scott Simon, no stranger to the mis-chosen, misused word, did it again:
> >identified his guest, biologist E.O.Wilson, as an "etymologist" on Weekend
> >Edition this morning (6/30).
> Actually, it wasn't E.O., though I don't remember his first name.  He was
> an entomologist, talking about flies and pollination and such--hence the
> "etymologist" gaffe.  Simon also used "whomever" as a subject, a typical
> affectation for him.

'Twas E.O. (who is indeed an entomologist). Interview here:


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