Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Tue Feb 5 17:11:26 UTC 2013

Mock-ups, in my experience, are (usually smaller and non-functioning, or
not fully functional) complete models of machines like airplanes that don't
exist *yet.* An airplane mock-up, for example, is (or used to be) useful
for wind-tunnel tests.

The novelty with Tricky Dick is that he was a person, not a thing; he *did*
exist once; and the model is only of his head, not the whole person.

So that's strike three in the  inappropriateness game.


On Tue, Feb 5, 2013 at 10:28 AM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at> wrote:

> ---------------------- Information from the mail header
> -----------------------
> Sender:       American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
> Poster:       "Joel S. Berson" <Berson at ATT.NET>
> Subject:      Re: mock-up
> -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> At 2/5/2013 07:35 AM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
> >"A physical representation or reconstruction (of a human head)."
> >
> >That's what CNN's Christine Romans calls the plastic bust of Richard III
> >based upon his newly unearthed skull.
> I see the Richard III Society is trying to reconstruct him too.  He's
> younger-looking, less malevolent, and more smiley than the
> run-of-the-mill portraits.
> But the mock-up looks to me like it was influenced by Laurence Olivier.
> Joel
> ------------------------------------------------------------
> The American Dialect Society -

"If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."

The American Dialect Society -

More information about the Ads-l mailing list