H1N1 flu

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Wed Sep 2 20:36:47 UTC 2009

Day before yesterday I heard someone call it the Heinie flu. I mean a real
person, not on TV.

I just thought he was insane, but now I see that you are hipper than I am.


On Wed, Sep 2, 2009 at 4:22 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>wrote:

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> After reading various memos from my administrators, I'm forced to
> concede that this is the official term for the pandemic, or whatever
> it is, even if ordinary folks still think of "H1N1" as opposed to
> "Swine Flu" the way New Yorkers think of "Avenue of the Americas" as
> opposed to "Sixth Avenue".  But I wonder if I'm the only one who sees
> it written in subject lines, headlines, etc., and read it as "Heinie
> Flu".
> After googling--the answer is no, I'm not the only one.  It's even in
> Urban Dictionary.  554 hits today, and it's probably contagious!
> WOTY watch?
> LH
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