[Ads-l] words connected to a single provenance

Stephen Goranson goranson at DUKE.EDU
Wed Aug 29 05:02:22 EDT 2018

As to what may or may not fit the request by Geoffrey Nunberg, whose example, infamy, came from a speech* (in a sentence), such may be up to him--yes, kemosahbee?


*[My Mother (then a secretary in the Veterans Administration congressional liaison office) stood at the back of the House floor that Dec. 8.]


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.



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