Ben Zimmer in WSJ on "sugarcoating"

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Mon Oct 28 20:11:08 UTC 2013

Thanks, Jerry. Here's the link to the column (this week it's in front
of the paywall):


On Sun, Oct 27, 2013 at 3:33 PM, Cohen, Gerald Leonard wrote:
> Ben Zimmer has an interesting column in the Sat./Sun. (Oct. 26-27, 2013) Wall Street
> Journal:
> "Apothecaries Lend a  Phrase to Politicians."
> President Obama, in admitting the problems with the rollout of, said:
> "There's no sugarcoating it," and that led Ben to write about ways to make the taking of
> bitter pills less disagreeable. One method, introduced in the 19th century, was to sugarcoat
> them.
> I'll use this item in my Etymology class.

Ben Zimmer

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