More on "moist"

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Sun Aug 9 18:00:42 UTC 2009

At 8/9/2009 01:25 PM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
>Why no inkling?  I go with the the theory (borrowed from a post last year,
>unless it was me, in which case I take full credit) that the ickiness of
>"moist" is metalinguistic folklore. Once having gained a toehold
>in circulation, it has led to that magical combination of acclaim ("Wow! I
>never thought of that!"),  inadvertent "endorsement" ("I don't believe it,
>but I'll ask X !  He/she will know!/ be amused!/ pass it on!"), and virality
>("People are saying it online! It's gotta be important/true!") that leads to
>language change, all while bringing the Apocalypse just that much nearer.

As Robert Hume wrote, "Once a factual error is on the Internet, it is
virtually ineradicable, for it will be picked up and repeated."

(Well, he didn't really write "on the Internet", but mutatis mutandis ...)


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