Nunberg on "curl up with a good book"

Gordon, Matthew J. GordonMJ at MISSOURI.EDU
Wed Dec 8 21:35:21 UTC 2004

Nunberg pronounced the first syllable of Barry's name like 'pope'. Is this the vowel the "word sleuth" prefers? I had always said it to myself as "pop" as in the god-given name for carbonated beverages.

-----Original Message-----
From: American Dialect Society on behalf of Benjamin Zimmer
Sent: Wed 12/8/2004 3:01 PM
Subject:      Nunberg on "curl up with a good book"

Nice Geoff Nunberg piece on NPR's "Fresh Air" today, ruminating on the
phrase "curl up with a good book".  Geoff credits Barry Popik with finding
the first known citation.

Audio link here: <>.

--Ben Zimmer

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