The Times discovers urbandic

George Thompson george.thompson at NYU.EDU
Wed May 22 15:13:42 UTC 2013

I noticed that three of the words the article cited as only to be looked
for in an up-to-the-minute on-line source -- dap, iron & jack -- are
documented in grim old-fashioned print, thanks to JL and his HDAS.  Several
of the words cited from the last third of the alphabet might be findable in
HDAS, too, were it not for the contemptible irresponsibility of Oxford
University Press, which still is haunted by The Curse of the Thompsons, and
will be, until they do the right thing.

HDAS traces the novel meaning of "iron" = firearm to the 1830s.


On Tue, May 21, 2013 at 4:03 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at>wrote:

> From the classroom (mine anyway, with the usual grain-of-salt warning) to
> the courtroom!
> LH
> ------------------------------------------------------------
> The American Dialect Society -

George A. Thompson
Author of A Documentary History of "The African Theatre", Northwestern
Univ. Pr., 1998, but nothing much since then.

The American Dialect Society -

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