Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Thu Nov 28 12:27:14 UTC 2013

On Thu, Nov 28, 2013 at 6:33 AM, David Barnhart wrote:
> Happy Thanksgiving!  And, Happy Hanukkah.  I received just yesterday and
> invitation to a reception at the Annual Meeting of the Friends of the
> Poughkeepsie Public Library.  In the "from box" of the e-mailed announcement
> was the word _eVitation_.  I haven't found much evidence of it yet.
> Since mankind will be extinct by the next go-round for _Thanksgivukkah_,
> perhaps it might qualify for "least likely to succeed" in the WOTY
> deliberations.

"E(-)vite", on the other hand, has succeeded well enough to enter
Oxford Dictionaries:


It's been in use as a trademark for quite some time -- Wikipedia says
Evite.com was launched in 1998.


Ben Zimmer

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