Etymological humor: Slang Origins by Woody Allen

Arnold Zwicky zwicky at STANFORD.EDU
Wed Dec 5 06:13:36 UTC 2012

i second Garson's recommendation enthusiastically.


On Dec 4, 2012, at 9:12 PM, "ADSGarson O'Toole" <adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM> wrote:

> The collection Without Feathers by Woody Allen has a chapter titled
> Slang Origins which attempts to find humor in etymology with uneven
> success. I listened to Allen reading the chapter himself while I was
> driving yesterday (via an Audible audiobook on an iPhone
> bluetooth-connected to my car audio system).
> Without Feathers was published in 1975 so to some list members this
> report is 37 years out of date. I highly recommend Allen's reading of
> his short work "The Whore of Mensa" which is included in Without
> Feathers.

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