[Ads-l] curate

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Jul 31 15:14:34 EDT 2018


Gives a whole nother meaning to the curate’s egg…

OED
_curate's egg_  n. taken as a type of something of mixed character (good and bad). Originating in a story of a meek curate who, having been given a stale egg by his episcopal host, stated that ‘parts of it’ were ‘excellent’ ( Punch 9 Nov. 1895, p. 222).

1905   Minister's Gazette of Fashion Aug. 141/1   The past spring and summer season has seen much fluctuation. Like the curate's egg, it has been excellent in parts.
1962   Oxf. Mag. 22 Nov. 91/1   All the same it is a curate's egg of a book. While the whole may be somewhat stale and addled, it would be unfair not to acknowledge the merits of some of its parts.

Twitter isn’t mentioned by name, but…

LH

> On Jul 31, 2018, at 12:14 PM, Andy Bach <afbach at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> 
>> First place I recall this is via the NYC Bike Snob from 2017
> 
> http://bikesnobnyc.blogspot.com/2010_01_05_archive.html
> 
> Who points to an NYTimes article about Twitter
> http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/03/weekinreview/03carr.html
> 
> On Twitter, anyone may follow anyone, but there is very little expectation
> of reciprocity. By carefully curating the people you follow, Twitter
> becomes an always-on data stream from really bright people in their
> respective fields, whose tweets are often full of links to incredibly
> vital, timely information.
> 
> 
> On Mon, Jul 30, 2018 at 10:09 PM, Dennis During <dcduring at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
>> Not every online dictionary has this sense of curate, but Oxford online
>> has:
>> "Select, organize, and present (online content, merchandise, information,
>> etc.), typically using professional or expert knowledge."
>> *‘nearly every major news organization is using Twitter’s new lists feature
>> to curate tweets about the earthquake’*
>> 
>> I don't think "curate" was used much this way ten years ago, but it has
>> been increasingly so used since.
>> 
>> See https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/curate#Etymology_2 for 5 examples.
>> 
>> On Mon, Jul 30, 2018 at 8:17 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>> 
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>>> Poster:       Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM>
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>>> Nowadays simply =3D select carefully
>>> 
>>> "Have 1 minute? We've curated this for you: 5 ways to amplify your
>>> Gal=C3=A1pagos expedition."
>>> 
>>> I've been hearing "curated" this way in TV commercials for months but
>> kept
>>> quiet about it.
>>> 
>>> ISTR  a selection of "specially curated" cosmetics sent regularly to
>> one's
>>> door.
>>> 
>>> 
>>> JL
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