meet cute

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Sat Dec 31 20:07:18 UTC 2005

On 12/31/05, Benjamin Zimmer <bgzimmer at> wrote:
> -----
> Los Angeles Times, Dec 16, 1945, p. F12
> "They Met Cute" by Jerrold Beim.
> Bill was trying to think of a new way for boy and girl to meet. Then
> it happened.
> A Short Short Story.
> [...]
> "You're a genius, H.T. No denying that. The way you just described for
> Joe and Hortense to meet would be wonderful -- in one of your novels.
> But this is a motion picture. They can't meet in such a grim fashion.
> They've got to meet -- cute."
> -----

* meet-cute, n.

New York Times, Oct 12, 1952, (Book Review) p. 24/1
This may well be, in magazine parlance, the neatest meet-cute of the
week -- the story of a ghost-writer who falls in love with a ghost.

--Ben Zimmer

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