[Ads-l] Barry Popik?

Cohen, Gerald Leonard gcohen at MST.EDU
Tue Sep 21 20:56:15 EDT 2021


The main news about Barry Popik is that he is continuing
work on his extraordinary blog about words and expressions (barrypopik.com).
Barry was trained as an attorney ( don't know at which university), but Wikipedia mentions only his work on
etymology:
'Barry Popik (born 1961) is an American etymologist.
Popik is a consulting editor of the Oxford Encyclopedia
of Food and Drink in America and was described in The Wall Street Journal as "the restless genius of American etymology".'
Btw, he does live in Goshen, NY, and I doubt that he
initiated the Linked-in message Jim Landau received.

Gerald Cohen
(who has co-authored several books with
Barry)
bcc: Barry Popik

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I thought Barry Popik was living in Arizona, but I just got a mysterious
LinkedIn connection request from "Barry Popik, BS Rensselaer Polytechnic, Doctor of Law Touro College". According to the LinkedIn request,
Dr. Popik is living in Goshen, Orange County, New York.
If this is our old ADS-L colleague, then the BS from Renssalaer implies
a technical degree. Perhaps in nuclear physics, which could use an
etymologist before it gets totally swamped by terminology like "quark", "muon", "Higgs boson", "collapse of the wave function", and "dark energy".

James Landau
jjjrlandau at netscape.com

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