Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sun Aug 16 01:49:50 UTC 2009

At 9:09 PM -0400 8/15/09, Jesse Sheidlower wrote:
>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.
Strange.  I couldn't find it by searching "Ammon Shea" (or "Shea") or
any of the key words.  I should have looked under "on language".
Back to remedial search school for me.


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