New political tone in America

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Sun May 1 02:26:21 UTC 2011

On Sat, Apr 30, 2011 at 9:40 PM, victor steinbok wrote:
> I chose brute force and ran through the entire list of 380 actual GB hits
> for "the-reveal" between 1900 and 1975. The reward?
> Eavesdropper at large: adventures in human nature with "Candid Mike" and
> "Candid Camera". Allen Funt. 1952
> p. 43
> > That way, he'll be more likely to stay with me at the "reveal," because
> he'll want to rescue his property. It doesn't always work, though, and I've
> got a collection of gloves, deposit receipts, mechanical pencils, and the
> like to prove ...
> [also p. 66, but nothing shows up in snippet]

Great find! Looks like it also shows up on p. 41 of the same book:

This is the process we call "the reveal" — the point, toward the end
of each candid portrait, where we reveal to the subject what we've
been doing.


Ben Zimmer

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