Track(ed) record

Paul Frank paulfrank at POST.HARVARD.EDU
Thu Nov 18 17:53:12 UTC 2010

On Thu, Nov 18, 2010 at 4:18 PM,  <ronbutters at> wrote:

> For much of my life I assumed that "track record" meant 'verifiable record; record that people had kept track of'. I assume I am not alone in this folk etymology. Track-and-field sports were not big in my boyhood, and horseracing was barely on the radar.

Me, gulp and duck, too.


P.S. Isn't this a tad personal and anecdotal, Ron?

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