Jesse Sheidlower jester at PANIX.COM
Sun Aug 16 01:09:22 UTC 2009

On Sat, Aug 15, 2009 at 09:04:56PM -0400, Laurence Horn wrote:
> At 6:52 PM -0400 8/15/09, Sam Clements wrote:
>> Some obscure researcher named Jon Lighter seems to have that from 1887, in
>> HDAS.
>> Why the OED can't make this a separate word listing, I can't understand.
>> Of course, Jesse, who obviously either has (1) no life or (2) has a cell
>> phone which mimics the "bat signal," and he magically appears here when
>> anything concerning OED appears.  :)
>> Sam Clements
> He also (magically or not) appeared in Ammon Shea's entertaining "On
> Language" column in today's, or rather tomorrow's, NYT Magazine.
> I've heard Shea speak and was put off by him, but I quite enjoyed his
> piece on "dated definitions: the quirky charm (and sad passing) of
> archaic dictionary entries".  I can't post the link here since it
> hasn't gone online yet.

Sure it has, it's been online for a day and a half.


Ammon's a great guy, and I think a very good speaker, I'm
sorry you didn't like his talk.

Jesse Sheidlower

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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