[Ads-l] words connected to a single provenance

paul johnson paulzjoh at MTNHOME.COM
Mon Aug 27 12:03:45 EDT 2018


Hear hear!


On 8/27/2018 10:59 AM, Philip E. Cleary wrote:
> I think that "cowabunga" goes back to Chief Thunderthud of Howdy Doody fame.
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> From: "Laurence Horn" <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU>
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>> On Aug 27, 2018, at 11:49 AM, Galen Buttitta <satorarepotenetoperarotas3 at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
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>> Point of order: “Cowabunga” was popularized by Michelangelo of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”. Bart Simpson said “¡Ay, caramba!”.
> You’re absolutely correct. D’oh!
>>> On Aug 27, 2018, at 11:30, Charles C Doyle <cdoyle at UGA.EDU> wrote:
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>>> It's my impression that the amelioration of noun "notoriety" preceded (and perhaps facilitated) the amelioration of the adjective "notorious."
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>>> --Charlie
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>>> Interesting. I don’t watch much FoxNews, I confess (i.e. any), but I haven’t noticed the noun ameliorating, while I have encountered both the corresponding adjective “infamous” and its cousin “notorious” ameliorating and/or bleaching to mean just something like ‘famous’. But not for all uses of “famous”—I’d be surprised to hear Beethoven described as an infamous musician or Rembrandt a notorious artist. The shift is more something applied to those whose fame derives from the celebrity culture, at least as far as I’ve noticed. Is this shift described in print somewhere?
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>>> LH
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>>>> On Aug 27, 2018, at 7:48 AM, W Brewer <brewerwa at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
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>>>> RE: <infamy> 'ill repute, ill fame, loss of reputation, disgrace,
>>>> discredit, shame, dishonour'. But
>>>> the word is consistently given a positive spin by Brian Kilmeade of
>>>> FoxNews: <infamy>
>>>> 'good repute, positive fame, honour'. Such a positive re-interpretation of
>>>> the negative "day that
>>>> will live in infamy" flips it the other side of FDR's rough draft neutral
>>>> "day that will live in history".
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