Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Aug 24 03:54:28 UTC 2009

At 7:06 PM -0400 8/15/09, Jesse Sheidlower wrote:
>On Sat, Aug 15, 2009 at 06:52:32PM -0400, 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.  :)
>Almost certainly (1).
>When we get around to "J", I'm sure this is something we'll be
>looking at closely. But you knew I was going to say that....
>Jesse Sheidlower
FWIW (maybe not that much), a character in "Mad Men" (Don Draper's
brother-in-law William), referring to the difficult situation of
whether to put his aging father in a "home", says "That's a real
jackpot".  The action is set in early 1963, if I'm not mistaken.


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