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Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Thu Sep 16 13:44:24 UTC 2010

"To cause (someone) to behave or react in a fixed manner."  Not in OED

1975 Paul Fussell _The Great War and Modern Memory_ (N.Y.: OUP) 247: One
notices and remembers what one has been  "coded" - usually by literature or
its popular equivalent - to notice and remember.

At the time of writing, Prof. Fussell was Professor of English at Rutgers
University.  His book has been very influential in litcrit circles.


"If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."

The American Dialect Society -

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