Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Wed May 19 16:15:30 UTC 2010

My latest Word Routes column talks about McCracken's "fanboy" research
and also the development of the FANBOYS acro-mnemonic for coordinating

On Tue, May 18, 2010 at 1:46 PM, Mullins, Bill AMRDEC
<Bill.Mullins at> wrote:
>> Thanks for this. Very interesting.
>> Though I disagree with the notion that we "professional
>> etymologists" "blew it" simply because the 1919 example
>> doesn't have the same nuances as the modern one, because the
>> definition makes this clear. Hrmph.
>> Jesse Sheidlower
>> OED
> And a well-written comment by Jack
> makes the point very well

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