[Ads-l] Barry Popik?

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Wed Sep 22 06:13:25 EDT 2021


Obviously this is the Barry Popik who is "the restless genius of American etymology."  Note that Barry lived for a while in Texas, not Arizona.  As for the technical degree from RPI, are economics and management technical fields ?  Barry's Wikipedia article indicates that those were his majors in college.  I am almost completely ignorant about LinkedIn, but I assume it generates connection requests automatically.

Barry's amazing website, barrypopik.com, was a tremendously helpful source of information for the just-published New Yale Book of Quotations.

Fred Shapiro


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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".
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> James Landau
> jjjrlandau at netscape.com
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