I'll see your McHattan and raise you...

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sat Jul 12 02:42:08 UTC 2008

OK, that's a nice one, even if it's not quite up to the standard set
by the much-bemoaned "Californication" of Oregon back in the '90s.
Anyway, it reminds me I was going to mention this new (to me, anyway)
blend noted in an article in today's Times.  In a review of this
summer's chick-lit beach reading that features a book by Michael
Tonello, Janet Maslin goes on to

On the Beach, Under a Tiffany-Blue Sky
Published: July 11, 2008

The snobbery, treachery and status seeking that Mr. Tonello describes
are, of course, staples of the beach-book world. Penny Vincenzi, an
accomplished if long-winded British writer whose style Publishers
Weekly has called "chickensian", has a particular affinity for all of
the above.

"chickensian".  Love it!


At 2:40 PM -0400 7/11/08, David Donnell wrote:
>I noticed this spiffy word "McHATTAN" on this billboard as I was
>coming into Manhattan by car from Brooklyn the other day:
>Excerpt about it from http://gothamist.com/2008/05/20/les.php:
>Last year the National Trust For Historic Preservation named the
>Brooklyn Waterfront one of the 11 Most Endangered Places, and this
>year some of New York's land gets the honor. The Lower East Side has
>made the annual endangered list, which highlights the country's areas
>deemed at risk of irreparable damage.
>Thanks to new development, the "social and physical fabric" of the
>neighborhood is eroding.  [...] The LES is turning into a gateway to
>McHattan (the Village Voice even states as much on a billboard that
>looms above the 'nabe) [...]
>Missourian @ NYC
>The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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