The brainchild behind

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Mon May 6 13:47:57 UTC 2013

HDAS has _brainchild_  'very intelligent person' from 1969, but there's
only one ex.


On Mon, May 6, 2013 at 9:23 AM, Neal Whitman <nwhitman at> wrote:

> ---------------------- Information from the mail header
> -----------------------
> Sender:       American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
> Poster:       Neal Whitman <nwhitman at AMERITECH.NET>
> Subject:      The brainchild behind
> -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> On NPR this morning, a story about the dismal run of a Spice Girls in
> London said that the show's creator was also "the brainchild behind" the
> musical Mamma Mia.
> A Google search for "the brainchild behind" brings up a number of hits I
> can't determine on my phone screen, but I notice that the first one is from
> Brian's Usage Errors, explaining that some people misuse "brainchild" in
> this way. In any case, it was new to me.
> Checking with Google Ngrams, I see that "brainchild behind" is on the
> rise, but still very rare compared to "brainchild of". I had to magnify the
> results 50x before it appeared as something other than a flat line:
> Neal
> ------------------------------------------------------------
> The American Dialect Society -

"If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."

The American Dialect Society -

More information about the Ads-l mailing list