Sarah puellaest at GMAIL.COM
Tue Apr 2 10:36:39 UTC 2013

As there is no need to say what has been said many timed over regarding that obit, I just have one question: has Doug Martin made any type of statement?

(And yes, stroganoffed is about the best thing that could come of that.)


On 2013-04-01, at 2:26 PM, Ben Zimmer wrote:

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> Last week, Yvonne Brill -- a pioneering rocket scientist best known
> for her work developing the technologies that help keep our satellites
> in orbit -- passed away. And she was, unsurprisingly, given an
> obituary inThe New York Times. The first line of that obituary,
> though, was a little less unsurprising. Because it originally read
> like this: "She made a mean beef stroganoff, followed her husband from
> job to job and took eight years off from work to raise three children.
> 'The world's best mom,' her son Matthew said."
> Oof -- the husband-follower and kid-haver and meat-cooker, who was
> also a rocket scientist! This was bad for several reasons, which was
> why the Times has since updated its wording. There's the gender issue,
> first of all: the fact that it's nearly impossible to imagine a male
> scientist of Brill's standing getting stroganoffed in this way.
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> The article links to a tweet from Ruth Franklin:
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> well, at least we got a new buzzword out of this: to be "stroganoffed."
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