new use for "firewall"

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Thu Jan 12 18:48:11 UTC 2012

On Thu, Jan 12, 2012 at 1:37 PM, Victor Steinbok wrote:
> So it goes from physical to electronic (digital communications) to
> metaphorical.
> > *His Super PAC is erecting a firewall in South Carolina. [...]

Ah, the old South Carolina firewall. See Safire, citing me, on John
Glenn's firewall in SC in 1984:


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