Jesse Sheidlower jester at PANIX.COM
Mon Nov 1 08:22:08 UTC 2010

On Mon, Nov 01, 2010 at 08:49:33AM +0100, Paul Frank wrote:
> Here's a word for your scholarly dissection: meta.
> Perhaps the most meta moment of the week. In the episode, Charlie
> drinks beer on the couch and jokes about his "$2500 date experiences,"
> while preparing to go out with the well-preserved dermatologist who
> "scraped a pre-cancerous mole off my ass."
>     TV Guide, Oct 29, 2010
> The event proved a mass demonstration of noncommittal cleverness,
> quirk and irony. Through signage, some rally-goers competed to be the
> most topical ("One man's socialism is another man's uninformed
> buzzword"), the most off-topical ("I love pineapples") and the most
> meta ("I am holding a sign").
>   Washington Post, October 31.
> "Meta moment" gets 23,000 googlits.

This is in OED; the first adjectival example is from 1988, the
first noun from 1993.

Jesse Sheidlower

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