[Ads-l] Dialogue: Rizzoli & Isles

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Wed Aug 5 03:25:35 UTC 2015


Thanks, Ben!


On Tue, Aug 4, 2015 at 10:49 PM, Ben Zimmer <bgzimmer at gmail.com> wrote:

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> On Tue, Aug 4, 2015 at 9:53 PM, Wilson Gray wrote:
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> > "Maybe it's *not* murder. But, it's _murder-adjacent_."
> >
> > It seems to me that I've come across this "[...]-adjacent" construction
> i=
> n
> > jargonic writing in some field or other. Or maybe it was in the NYT or in
> > the NY-er.
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> > Does it ring a bell with anyone else?
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> I believe its origins lie in real estate talk, where, say, "Beverly
> Hills-adjacent" indicates that a property isn't actually in Beverly
> Hills, but close enough. "X-adjacent" has a lot of comedic potential,
> as in Larry Wilmore's comment about Justice Scalia's use of
> "jiggery-pokery":
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> http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2015/06/26/watch-larry-wilmore-skewer-justic=
> e-scalias-dissent-of-the-obamacare-decision/
> =E2=80=9C=E2=80=98Jiggery-pokery=E2=80=99?=E2=80=9D said a bemused
> Wilmore.=
>  =E2=80=9CI don=E2=80=99t know if those
> words are racist, but it=E2=80=99s possible they=E2=80=99re kind of
> racist-=
> adjacent,
> right?=E2=80=9D
>
> --bgz
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