"the 12th man" redux

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Mon Feb 3 06:43:16 UTC 2014

On Fri, Jan 31, 2014 at 11:16 PM, Ben Zimmer wrote:
> My latest Wall Street Journal column is on "the 12th man," a phrase
> that the Seattle Seahawks have to pay Texas A&M a licensing fee to
> use. I present some historical evidence that might undercut A&M's
> trademark claim, including examples of "the 12th man" to refer to fans
> of college football teams predating the legendary 1922 A&M game where,
> according to Aggie lore, the phrase was born.
> Link to column: http://on.wsj.com/12manbz
> More to come on Monday in my Word Routes column on Vocabulary.com and
> the Visual Thesaurus.

And here's the follow-up:



Ben Zimmer

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