[Ads-l] Origin of the term "Cry Wolof"

Z Rice zrice3714 at GMAIL.COM
Tue Oct 6 18:08:32 UTC 2015


Thank you for clearing this up.

On Tue, Oct 6, 2015 at 7:59 PM, Ben Zimmer <bgzimmer at gmail.com> wrote:

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> On Tue, Oct 6, 2015 at 1:50 PM, Z Rice wrote:
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> > In discussing the term "Cry Wolof", I realized that it's origin is being
> > attributed to two different people. I've been told that the term was made
> > popular by Jesse Sheidlower, while a few ADS posts (I believe even Gary
> > Wilson on the mailing list) seem to attribute its origin to Laurence
> Horn.
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> > Does anyone know who originated the term and when?
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> I believe Larry gets credit -- he used it in an ADS-L post on Dec. 6, 2004:
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> http://listserv.linguistlist.org/pipermail/ads-l/2004-December/043326.html
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> Then Jesse popularized it in his Slate piece published two days later:
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> http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/hey_wait_a_minute/2004/12/crying_wolof.html
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> --bgz
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