[Ads-l] romcom (1963)

Dan Goncharoff thegonch at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jan 8 09:01:39 EST 2019


Aren't all self-help books mysteries?

On Tue, Jan 8, 2019, 4:53 AM Stephen Goranson <goranson at duke.edu wrote:

> Is it time for some new genres, say, a mystery self-help book?
> SG
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> And romcom presumably outlasted the others both for phonological reasons
> (the rhyme) and semantic ones (it actually denotes a well-defined category
> rather than a mashup like “myscom”.
>
> LH
>
> > On Jan 7, 2019, at 2:03 PM, Ben Zimmer <> wrote:
> >
> > OED3 (2005 draft entry) has 1971 as the earliest cite for "romcom" =
> > "romantic comedy." Merriam-Webster gives the same year. Here it is from
> > 1963:
> >
> > Vancouver Sun, Feb. 8, 1963, p. 63, col. 3
> > Ch. 2, 11:33 - The Bridal Path (rom-com, 1959).
> >
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> >
> > This is from TV listings for movies -- true of most of the early cites,
> > including the OED's 1971 example. The Vancouver Sun listing uses standard
> > abbreviations for genres: "dra" for "drama," "mys" for "mystery," "mus"
> for
> > "musical," "adv" for "adventure," "wes" for "western," etc. There are a
> > number of other hybrids on the same page, such as "mus-dra," "mys-com,"
> and
> > "rom-dra." Another movie, "Let's Live a Little" with Hedy Lamarr, is
> listed
> > as "com-rom," which I guess means it's more comedy than romance.
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