[Ads-l] romcom (1963)

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Jan 8 21:33:40 EST 2019


> On Jan 8, 2019, at 7:15 PM, ADSGarson O'Toole <adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> 
> The term "rom-com" appeared a day earlier in a listing for the same
> "Luck of the Irish" movie:
> 
> The Circleville Herald (Circleville, Ohio)
> 08 Aug 1958, Page 9
> https://www.newspapers.com/image/82884975/?terms=Irish
> "Luck of the Irish" -- rom-com
> 
> Here is "com-rom" a week earlier. Look above the "Gog" movie listing:
> 
> The Circleville Herald (Circleville, Ohio)
> 01 Aug 1958, Page 9
> https://www.newspapers.com/image/82884842/?terms=Gog
> Movie "Always Together" -- com-rom
> 
> In 1958 The Circleville Herald editors had not decided on a consistent
> punctuation style. The following abbreviations appeared in the Aug 9 TV
> listings. The first example has two periods:
> 
> mus.-com.;
> com-dra;
> dra.
> rom-com;
> com-rom.
> dra.
> com-rom.
> adv.
> com;
> west-dra.

I’m sure I’m mistaken in interpreting the penultimate one as a comedy of adverbs, but it’s a nice thought.

LH
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