yoda as a generic

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue May 4 14:30:49 UTC 2010

At 10:18 AM -0400 5/4/10, Amy West wrote:
>(I did a quick search of the since-1999 ADS-L archive and the
>before-April-2008 Language Log archive before posting this: I
>apologize if I missed something.)
>I spotted this use of "yoda" as generic -- equivalent to "guru" -- in
>the Boston Globe yesterday:

Maybe it's a guru who uses unusual syntactic fronting.  Plausible
that would be.


>I am drawn to Prohibition, as I am to all catastrophes, so I turn to
>Prohibition yoda Dan Okrent for enlightenment. Okrent is author of
>the forthcoming book "The Last Call: the Rise and Fall of
>--Sam Allis, Boston Globe, May 3, 2010, p. 23, G section
>---Amy West
>The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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