fiber etc.

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Wed Sep 21 16:16:14 UTC 2011

On Wed, Sep 21, 2011 at 10:05 AM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at> wrote:
> --and presumably "fiber"/"fibre" (cf. "moral fiber") has won out over its rivals because it
> sounds less unappealing than either "bulk" or "roughage".  (The culmination of the craze
> for fiber/roughage was a "commercial" appearing periodically on SNL for a cereal made of
> actual pebbles; can't recall the name, but it was a very convincing spoof, as spooves go.)


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