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

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Jan 8 20:07:17 EST 2019


> On Jan 8, 2019, at 11:16 AM, MULLINS, WILLIAM D (Bill) CIV USARMY RDECOM AMRDEC (USA) <0000099bab68be9a-dmarc-request at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU> wrote:
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>> Is it time for some new genres, say, a mystery self-help book?
>> SG
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> 
> "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)”
  “I’m OK, You—Not So Much"
> 
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>> From: American Dialect Society <...> on behalf of Laurence Horn <...>
>> Sent: Monday, January 7, 2019 3:07 PM
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>> 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”.
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>> LH
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>>> On Jan 7, 2019, at 2:03 PM, Ben Zimmer <> wrote:
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>>> 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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