Pooch article

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Wed Sep 3 02:21:16 UTC 2003

On Tue, 2 Sep 2003, Joanne M. Despres wrote:

> Not to butt in, but perhaps I should mention that "antedate" is the
> term most frequently used at Merriam.  I tend to lean towards
> "antedating" myself, probably because of all those years in grad

OK, I stand corrected.  "Antedating" is the term in the OED/Notes and
Queries/American Speech tradition, which is where all the antedating took
place; but I guess now we have Merriam-Webster and Barry Popik in the
antedating biz, and I shouldn't begrudge them the choice of whatever term
they like to describe their efforts.

Fred Shapiro

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