Gremlins; WAC talk (1944); Lookit; Melanie's etymology page

A. Vine avine at ENG.SUN.COM
Mon Jun 14 18:20:59 UTC 1999

Bapopik at AOL.COM wrote:
> ---------------------------------------------
>     Someone gave the web address of a site that debunked that "1500s"
> etymologies posting.  It is Melanie's etymology page.
>     I reviewed 'The Logical World of Etymology" web site here about two years
> ago and said that it was being done by a complete twit.  I revisited it--the
> site's name has changed, but she's still a twit.
>     After all these years, she has yet to join either the American Dialect
> Society or the American Name Society (or both).  Neither Society's web page
> is linked to her pages.
>     She gives a bibliography, but essential books are not there.  The _Random
> House Historical Dictionary of American Slang_  is STILL not there!  Go to
> any bookstore, Melanie!  They're big, thick books!  Buy yourself a copy!
>     She's not too good with the web (Yahoo ain't that difficult!) and she
> doesn't consult electronic databases (JSTOR, et al.).
>     She doesn't know anyone in the field and will probably draw a blank if
> you mention Peter Tamony, David Shulman, Fred Shapiro, Gerald Cohen, or me.
>     She does no original etymological work herself.
>     However, she does photograph well.

She doesn't know much about Italian either.  I have sent corrections on their
Italian word for Germany (it's "Germania"), vs. German ("tedesco", never


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