"Putting on the ritz" (1921)

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Tue May 9 19:30:08 UTC 2006

Sorry about that. I just copy and paste. I don't have the time to re-write whole passages of the OED (and what have you). The more I type, the more likely it is that I type in a wrong number and get the wrong date, like 1930 for 1830. If there were something better and easier, I'd do that.

-----Original Message-----
From: Benjamin Zimmer <bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU>
Sent: Tue, 9 May 2006 14:33:48 -0400
Subject: Re: "Putting on the ritz" (1921)

On 5/9/06, Mullins, Bill AMRDEC <Bill.Mullins at us.army.mil> wrote:
> In general, it isn't productive to put links to the citations from the
> subscription databases, anyway. They often are session-specific. A
> link to an article in ProQuest can't be opened by anyone else, and only
> makes the post harder to read.

Indeed. Just to reiterate the discussion Bill and I had back in
December, the only vital information in a ProQuest URL is the
collection name (usually "HNP" for "Historical Newspapers Database")
and the Document ID # (after "did=" in the URL). One can create a
stable link for an article in HNP by extracting the Do. ID # and
attaching it to the end of this compact URL:


But since ProQuest allows advanced searching on Document ID #'s, even
this isn't strictly necessary. All that's needed is the notation "HNP
Doc ID XXXX" and whoever wants to search for the ProQuest article has
all the pertinent information.

--Ben Zimmer

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