"basket weaving" revisited

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Thu May 24 12:33:01 UTC 2007

At 5/24/2007 12:34 AM, Benjamin Zimmer wrote:
Antedating Sam's 1956 cite for "underwater basket weaving" is this
>apparently legitimate result from Google Book Search:
>1954 Robin W. Winks _These New Zealanders_ 116 It is also quite true
>that some American universities offer courses in 'Underwater Basket
>Weaving,' 'How to Putter About Efficiently', and 'Fly-casting'.
>(Winks was a US Fulbright Scholar in New Zealand and got his M.A. in
>Maori studies from Victoria University. He went on to teach history at
>Yale from 1957 until his death in 2003.)

As well as the editor of a useful set of essays on doing historical
research -- _What is Evidence?_, Harper & Row, 1969.


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