Whisperer (OED)

Jesse Sheidlower jester at PANIX.COM
Sun Jan 20 21:56:58 UTC 2008

On Sun, Jan 20, 2008 at 03:34:08PM -0600, Scot LaFaive wrote:
> Jesse,
> Is the OED working on a sense of "whisperer" (related to 1.b) not specific
> to horses? It seems to be widening in usage: ghost whisperer, dog whisperer,
> etc.

We're tracking it, and certainly have a lot of examples in
various extended uses (e.g. not just 'person with alleged
ability to communicate empathically with (specified living
thing)', but also 'person with mastery in (specified
area)'). But we haven't drafted an entry yet.

Jesse Sheidlower

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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