Margalit Fox channels Dorothy Parker?

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Tue Aug 14 22:36:48 UTC 2012

On Tue, Aug 14, 2012 at 6:32 PM, Ben Zimmer <bgzimmer at> wrote:
> On Tue, Aug 14, 2012 at 5:37 PM, Joel S. Berson wrote:
>> (Other lines in Fox's appreciation are nearly as
>> good.  Although Fox alleges that Brown coined "mouseburger"; I see in
>> the OED that the Daily Times-News of Burlington, N.C. had it 11 years
>> earlier.)
> Yes, but the 1971 cite is an article quoting Brown, so the only error
> is attributing it to her 1982 book _Having It All_.

Sorry, I see this has been addressed in the other thread. I alerted
the Times to the error and they made the correction.

> It would be nice if the OED more systematically identified who is
> being quoted in such situations. Same goes for Gary Carter and
> "F-bomb":

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