[Ads-l] romcom (1963) (UNCLASSIFIED)

MULLINS, WILLIAM D (Bill) CIV USARMY RDECOM AMRDEC (USA) 0000099bab68be9a-dmarc-request at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Tue Jan 8 11:16:40 EST 2019


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> Is it time for some new genres, say, a mystery self-help book?
> SG
> 

"Every Man his Own Axe Murderer"
"The Power of Positive Poisoning"
"The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Extortionists"
"How to Kill Friends and Bury People"
"Don't Sweat the Petit Larceny (and It's All Petit Larceny)"


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> From: American Dialect Society <...> on behalf of Laurence Horn <...>
> Sent: Monday, January 7, 2019 3:07 PM
> To: ...
> Subject: Re: [ADS-L] romcom (1963)
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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
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> > 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:
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