"slurvian": WOTD ... 11 years ago?

Arnold M. Zwicky zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU
Mon Sep 22 15:27:21 UTC 2008

On Sep 22, 2008, at 8:15 AM, Joel S. Berson wrote:

> A correspondent tells me there is a piece in the Metro -- a free rag
> handed out on the MBTA in the Boston metro area -- on "slurvian", "a
> variant of English that is characterized by slurred pronunciation,"
> as word of the day.  The Metro cites wordspy.com, where it's archive
> item is described as posted Feb. 26, 1997.

John Davenport, Fiction, "Slurvian Self-Taught," The New Yorker, June
18, 1949, p. 26

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