Jesse Sheidlower jester at PANIX.COM
Thu Nov 10 11:00:41 UTC 2011

On Thu, Nov 10, 2011 at 04:53:29AM -0500, Victor Steinbok wrote:
> Wilson may correct me on this, but is one of Obama's aides Australian?
> http://goo.gl/NSFEq
> >Internal Revenue Service mugs and Homeland Security sweatshirts may
> >soon become collector’s items.
> >
> >President Obama is set to unveil an executive order on Wednesday aimed
> >at cutting wasteful spending on excess travel, printing, cell phones
> >and government “swag.”
> >
> >The swag under fire includes plaques, clothing, mugs and other
> >agency-identified items distributed to employees.
> The closest I see in OED is
> >11. A great quantity of something (now chiefly Austral. and N.Z.); a
> >large draught of liquor (dial.). (Cf. Sc. swack.)
> The next closest is

Scroll down to the end, to sense a. in the Draft Additions September
2008: "colloq. Items given away free, typically for promotional
purposes, to people attending an event, using a service, etc.", from

Jesse Sheidlower

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