[Ads-l] "Strategery" Not in OED

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sat Jan 21 08:51:58 EST 2017


Are the 19th C. "strategeries" the same as Will Ferrell's?

Or are they merely occasional typos?  Or at least not intended humorously
or satirically?

If meant seriously, are they still the same as today's?

Or is coincidence at work here?

If so, then what?

BTW, I've heard a non-academic friend of mine use the word (with obvious if
unstated allusion to SNL) at once or twice over the years. It seems to be
fun to use.

JL



On Sat, Jan 21, 2017 at 8:47 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
wrote:

> Since 99% of HDAS was done before the existence of Internet databases, I
> can feel David's unstated pain.
>
> JL
>
> On Fri, Jan 20, 2017 at 10:17 PM, Dan Goncharoff <thegonch at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
>> What was the matter with halls 1-9?
>>
>> On Jan 20, 2017 10:01 PM, "David Barnhart" <dbarnhart at highlands.com>
>> wrote:
>>
>> > 331 in Nexis (but I didn't cull out the duplicates).
>> > 2,510 in Google News (again duplicates not culled).
>> >
>> > In the 1960's when I started professional dictionary work, 10 was a
>> pretty
>> > good hall for defining purposes.
>> >
>> > -----Original Message-----
>> > From: American Dialect Society [mailto:ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On
>> Behalf
>> > Of
>> > Laurence Horn
>> > Sent: Friday, January 20, 2017 2:03 PM
>> > To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
>> > Subject: Re: "Strategery" Not in OED
>> >
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>> > Sender:       American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
>> > Poster:       Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU>
>> > Subject:      Re: "Strategery" Not in OED
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>> >
>> > > On Jan 20, 2017, at 1:57 PM, Shapiro, Fred <fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU> =
>> > wrote:
>> > >=20
>> > > The satirical word "strategery," introduced by Will Ferrell on =
>> > Saturday Night Live in 2000, is not in the OED.  It gets 245,000 hits =
>> > when
>> > I search Google.
>> > >=20
>> > >=20
>> > > Fred Shapiro
>> > >=20
>> > > ------------------------------------------------------------
>> > > The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org
>> >
>> > Well, 210 actual hits.  Still a bunch, but not that huge a number.  =
>> Those
>> > =E2=80=9Cabout n results=E2=80=9D estimates at the top of each = page
>> are
>> > still consistently off by a factor of hundreds or thousands.
>> >
>> > LH=
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