NYT on Daniel Cassidy

Charles Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Thu Nov 8 18:21:45 UTC 2007

It's little wonder if the OED is prejudiced against Irish--considering what those Irishmen kept trying to do to W. C. Minor!


---- Original message ----
>Date: Thu, 8 Nov 2007 09:18:43 -0800
>From: "Arnold M. Zwicky" <zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU>
>On Nov 8, 2007, at 9:06 AM, Joel Berson wrote:
>>> ...  In a
>>> fast-paced spiel (speal, cutting, sharp speech) [snip]
>> "spiel" from the Irish?!!  I presume one could
>> argue more cogently from the Yiddish.
>oh, it just gets better.
>possibly from German, as the OED has it.  but surely Germanic.
>i know, Cassidy would say that the OED is just prejudiced against Irish.

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