victor steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Wed May 19 20:16:43 UTC 2010

Most popular post on CNET news yesterday involved "fanboy". But it was
used in a positive sense, as in "I want to become a fanboy of X". Or,
at least, that was the sense I got from it.


On Wed, May 19, 2010 at 3:36 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at> wrote:
> FWIW, I've never come across _FANBOY(S)_ until today. If this was
> being used as early as the '50's, it didn't make it into that
> well-known dialect island, Saint Louis. And, IMO, "i before e except
> after c or when sounded as a as in 'neighbor' and 'weigh'," is
> extremely useful. Naturally, I've come across instances for which this
> mnemonic gives the wrong result. But, IME, for the average,
> pre-collegiate student, it works like a charm.

The American Dialect Society -

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