Fwd: Beta

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri Jan 20 18:57:29 UTC 2012

There was also "beta male", as applied to Al Gore during the 2000 campaign, but that was different (although, unlike _beta_ in "beta blocker", another adjectival use).


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> From: Benjamin Barrett <gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM>
> Date: January 20, 2012 12:42:30 PM EST
> Subject: Beta
> Reply-To: American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
> The OED has draft additions for beta tester and beta customer, but today I encountered beta reader, which even has an article on Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beta_reader).
> If this use of beta hasn't spread to other uses, this meaning is transparent enough to do so. Perhaps an adjective meaning is called for.
> Benjamin Barrett
> Seattle, WA
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