"Write what you hear"

Arnold M. Zwicky zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU
Wed Feb 15 17:40:33 UTC 2006

On Feb 15, 2006, at 6:44 AM, Wilson Gray wrote:

> Apple's "magic smoke," it's _jene se qua_, that keeps customers coming
> back and paying that "Mac Tax" ...

on soc.motss and soc.bi, "jennesequa" has become the conventional
misspelling of the expression, part of the in-group language.

google asks if i meant "genesequa", and indeed there are a lot more
hits for that one.


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