Slang a la the NYT

Dave Wilton dave at WILTON.NET
Sun Oct 5 14:22:16 UTC 2014

I don't see any problem with Stamper's article. It's basically just a piece that highlights the problem of the recency illusion, i.e., just because a term is in vogue, doesn't mean it's new. I haven't checked her specific claims, but none of Stamper's examples seem wrong on their face.

And in this case, the op-ed is written by a real lexicographer, someone with training and expertise in the field, not by some journalist who half remembers some lesson his eighth-grade English teacher taught him. As far as newspaper articles that address language go, this is one of the better ones.

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>  someone can simply pull bullshit out his ass and get it
published in the NYT,

Brace yourself, man.

It ain't just the NYT....


On Sun, Oct 5, 2014 at 3:52 AM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at> wrote:

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> It does?! For real?!!!
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