laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Nov 20 03:45:06 UTC 2001
At 11:25 AM -0500 11/20/01, Jesse Sheidlower wrote:
> > "NEWS" < 'North East West South'
>I was once cornered at a cocktail party by someone who _insisted_ that
>he had seen this etymology given in a 16th- or 17th-century source. The
>person claimed that he knew such etymologies were usually bogus, and
>was very surprised to see it in a source that early.
>He never got back to me with the source.
I wonder what those supposed 16th-17th century sources discovered for
the acronymic etymology of Fr. "nouvelles"...
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