[Ads-l] place, n.

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Thu Sep 29 09:17:05 EDT 2016


When Peggy on "Mad Men" used "place" with that meaning ("I'm in a very good
place right now"), John McWhorter rightly complained it was anachronistic
(the episode was set in 1963).

https://newrepublic.com/article/68888/mad-men-good-place-how-did-people-sound-1963

More from me:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/25/magazine/25FOB-onlanguage-t.html
https://www.vocabulary.com/articles/wordroutes/mad-men-capturing-the-sound-of-the-60s/
(with video)

--Ben

On Thu, Sep 29, 2016 at 8:01 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
wrote:

> I don't see this in OED though it may be in there somewhere.
>
> 'Mental or emotional state.' Extremely common in recent years.
>
> Ex. from MSNBC: America "is not in a very trusting place now."
>
> "Space" is similarly used.
>
> JL
>
>
>

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