[Ads-l] Barry Popik?

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Wed Sep 22 06:23:33 EDT 2021


Actually, I really have no idea how LinkedIn works or doesn't work.  For a person like myself who is obsessed with book promotion, I really should learn something about social media.  (The weirdest incident in my long history of avoiding social media is that the New York Times once made some vacuous comment by me about Twitter as their "Quotation of the Day" despite the fact that there are 5-year-olds who know more about Twitter than I do.)

Fred Shapiro


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Subject: Re: Barry Popik?

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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> Subject: 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".
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> James Landau
> jjjrlandau at netscape.com
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