A new (to me, IAC) spelling rule

Arnold Zwicky zwicky at STANFORD.EDU
Tue Aug 31 23:26:48 UTC 2010

On Aug 31, 2010, at 1:32 PM, Wilson Gray wrote:

> ...One of several letters to the NYT more or less making the same empty -
> IMO, IAC - claim:
> "Bed bugs is TWO words – not one. The general rule ...

once again i have wasted half an hour searching for one of Wilson's quotations -- searching through the NYT archives for this letter, or indeed any letter about whether the word is to be spelled solid or separated (or hyphenated, for that matter).

i would like to post about this loony proposal, but i can't do that without some source.

Wilson, if you can post the whole damn passage, why can't you tell us where it came from?


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