some WOTY candidates, and others

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at RCI.RUTGERS.EDU
Fri Dec 31 04:54:16 UTC 2004

On Thu, 30 Dec 2004 23:29:42 -0500, Alice Faber <faber at HASKINS.YALE.EDU>

>--On Thursday, December 30, 2004 9:53 PM -0500 Laurence Horn
><laurence.horn at YALE.EDU> wrote:
>> facebook, v. 'to look someone up/check someone out in Yale's online
>> facebook or at'  (the noun is a couple of years
>> old, but the verb is new)
>If by "a couple" you mean 35+ years...(we had a facebook at Cornell in the
>fall of 1970)

Even in a strictly Yalensian context, "facebook" was the common term for
the student directory in the late '80s/early '90s.  I don't recall the
verb being used in those pre-Web days, but it looks like it's at least
five years old...

Published Saturday, July 31, 1999
Every college, as well as the entire freshman class, has a dance in which
roommates set each other up, and devise creative ways for the couple to
meet, often after hours of facebooking.
Published Tuesday, November 6, 2001
For administrators, "facebook" is a noun. For students, it is a verb, and
an active one at that.
Providing endless hours of eye candy (and some useful information), the
online facebook has become the new "hook-up" Bible for many Yalies.
Published Friday, November 22, 2002
Garland Jackson, if you're reading this, we know you're not a Yale student
because we facebooked you.

--Ben Zimmer (DC 92)

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