"Hiking the Appalachian Trail"

Dennis Baron debaron at ILLINOIS.EDU
Thu Dec 3 20:20:11 UTC 2009

yeah, I've been doing what I can to promote the term (well, not by
imitating Sanford, you understand), but it seems destined to fizzle
out. What is it about governors, anyway? No good terms came out of
socks-on Spitzer either, did they? At least the former gov of New
Jersey got a ripped-from-the-headlines Law and Order episode, but now
I can't even remember his name . . . .
Dennis Baron
Professor of English and Linguistics
Department of English
University of Illinois
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Urbana, IL 61801

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On Dec 3, 2009, at 2:09 PM, Jesse Sheidlower wrote:

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> On Thu, Dec 03, 2009 at 03:05:08PM -0500, Shapiro, Fred wrote:
>> After Governor Sanford's spokesman said he was "hiking the
>> Appalachian Trail," I thought that that expression might
>> catch on as a euphemism for sex or specifically extramarital
>> sex.  Is there evidence that it has caught on in that way?
> Not much, but I really wish it had.
> Jesse Sheidlower
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