everyone should have a good dictionary. . . .

George Thompson george.thompson at NYU.EDU
Mon Nov 12 23:29:06 UTC 2012

Then there was the danger that pedestrians were in, unknowingly.


On Mon, Nov 12, 2012 at 2:09 PM, W Brewer <brewerwa at gmail.com> wrote:

> Anybody remember what _pedal_pushers_ were? Anybody  still using them could
> get lynched!
> Seems the Germanic folk have no such paronymic confusion of paediatrician
> with paedophile: NHG Kinderarzt : Paedophile; Swedish barnla"kere :
> pedofil. Finnish lastenla"a"kari : pedofiili. Let us avoid the pejorized
> _ped-_, & go semantically transparent: How about _child-leech_, maybe
> _kinderleech_ (who would revert to charging the old leechfee)? Considering
> U.S. healthcare costs, it seems not inappropriate.
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George A. Thompson
Author of A Documentary History of "The African Theatre", Northwestern
Univ. Pr., 1998, but nothing much since then.

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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