bootleg recessionistas

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Oct 27 01:30:32 UTC 2008

OK, "bootleg" isn't new, and I even have some Bootleg Dylan on my
iTunes, but is anyone familiar with it in this apparently bleached or
shifted sense as used by Matt Stairs below?
Friday, October 24, 2008
Phillies upset about World Series introductions
By Amy K. Nelson

PHILADELPHIA -- It was just a few minutes before the Phillies were
set to take the field for Game 1 of the World Series. Jimmy Rollins
was sitting next to 40-year-old Matt Stairs, who was playing in the
Fall Classic for the first time in his 16-year major league career
and was looking forward to living out his dream when his name would
be announced in front of the crowd.

It was then when a Phillies PR representative came into the clubhouse
and informed the team that only the starting players would be
announced on the field and on national television. That meant no
clubhouse staff, no coaches and no Matt Stairs. He, along with
45-year-old Jamie Moyer, had waited their entire lives for this
moment, and then it was gone. All non-starters were allowed to walk
out onto the field, but they were never publicly acknowledged -- not
to the TV audience, not even to the crowd.

"It's disappointing and some guys were extremely mad about it,"
Stairs said early Friday evening after the team's workout at Citizens
Bank Park. "I think it's bootleg when you have the World Series and
guys are jogging out to the line and they don't take the extra five
minutes to introduce the players."

And now a legitimate WOTY nominee, as detailed at

Welcome to "recession chic" and its personification, the
"recessionista," the new name for the style maven on a budget. That
the word represents the times could explain why Sarah Palin's new
wardrobe ($75,000 at Neiman Marcus and nearly $50,000 at Saks) struck
some as distasteful.

Ms. Hall, who first read the term in newspapers and on Web sites like, even started a blog to chronicle her cheap and chic


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