[Ads-l] HuffPost interview query: "Dumpster fire" (Reply from Barry Popik)

Cohen, Gerald Leonard gcohen at MST.EDU
Wed May 11 16:28:16 EDT 2016


My thanks to Barry Popik for his response below

Gerald Cohen 



From: Barry Popik [bapopik at aol.com]
Sent: Wednesday, May 11, 2016 3:08 PM
To: Cohen, Gerald Leonard
Subject: Re: Query from Huffington Post: "Dumpster Fire"


URBAN DICTIONARY: 
http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Dumpster%20Fire
...
FIRST PROQUEST CITE
Fire Loss 1 -- No Title
The Hartford Courant (1923-1990) [Hartford, Conn] 07 Feb 1966: 4.
...
LIKE A DUMPSTER FIRE
Even amid turmoil, try to give thanks for life
Reinhardt, Susan. Asheville Citizen - Times [Asheville, N.C] 08 Dec 2011: B.4.
 
... "My life is like a Dumpster fire," he said, and couldn't resist a brief
...
...
IS A DUMPSTER FIRE
Blame for offense's collapse falls squarely on Brewster's shoulders
Souhan, Jim. Star Tribune [Minneapolis, Minn] 22 Nov 2009: C.1.
...scheme, the Gophers' offense is a dumpster fire. Weber spent much
...
DUMPSTER FIRE OF A
Road to respectability filled with potholes
Kravitz, Bob. Indianapolis Star [Indianapolis, Ind] 17 Feb 2010: B.1.
... He took over a Dumpster fire of a program, populated by players who were






-----Original Message-----
From: Cohen, Gerald Leonard <gcohen at mst.edu>
To: ads-l <ads-l at listserv.uga.edu>
Cc: Barry Popik <bapopik at aol.com>; claire.fallon <claire.fallon at huffingtonpost.com>
Sent: Wed, May 11, 2016 3:42 pm
Subject: Query from Huffington Post: "Dumpster Fire"


Today I received the request below about "dumpster fire" but don't have an answer.
Would someone else perhaps be able to help?

Gerald Cohen



From: Claire Fallon [claire.fallon at huffingtonpost.com]
Sent: Wednesday, May 11, 2016 1:59 PM
To: Cohen, Gerald Leonard
Subject: HuffPost interview query: "Dumpster fire"

Hi Gerald,

I'm a Books and Culture writer at HuffPost, and I'm working on an article about the phrase "dumpster fire" and its rather sudden ubiquity as an insult. I'm interested in speaking to lexicographers like yourself who might have some insight on its rise to popularity. 

Please let me know if you'd be interested in speaking to me for the article; I'd love to hear your thoughts! 

Best,
Claire

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Claire Fallon
Books & Culture Writer | THE HUFFINGTON POST
claire.fallon at huffingtonpost.com
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