[Ads-l] words connected to a single provenance

Stephen Goranson goranson at DUKE.EDU
Sun Aug 26 08:05:19 EDT 2018


Such as "We are not amused'?

SG

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Subject: [ADS-L] words connected to a single provenance

I’ve been trying to come up with words in more-or-less general use that are associated with a single prominent historical or literary provenance — not hapax legomena, but items like “infamy,” which for most people who know it brings FDR’s Pearl Harbor speech to mind but which is used in other contexts as well.

Geoff

Geoffrey Nunberg
School of Information,
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-4600
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