the "pimp" chronicles

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Feb 12 19:17:27 UTC 2008

At 1:37 PM -0500 2/12/08, Benjamin Zimmer wrote:
>There's much buzz about MSNBC's suspension of anchor David Shuster for
>suggesting that the Clinton campaign had "pimped out" Chelsea Clinton.
>Among the more informed commentary:
>("A History of Pimping" by Jesse Sheidlower)
>(article quoting Jesse, Barry Popik, and Univ of Chicago's Michael
>--Ben Zimmer
Great timing.  I just made up a handout for my language, sex & gender
class on this flap, including excerpts from blogs and online groups
(cf. e.g.
for views on why it's just us old fuddy-duds who might be offended by
an innocent term like "pimp (out)").  For my purposes, the strongly
opinionated and not particularly well informed commentary is equally


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