[Ads-l] another non-fiction novel

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Tue Aug 2 16:52:21 UTC 2016

>stunned by this news

Remember, I first noticed this usage in the mid '80s.

Still weird and disgusting though.


On Tue, Aug 2, 2016 at 11:47 AM, Ben Zimmer <bgzimmer at gmail.com> wrote:
> https://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/aug/02/mel-gibson-sean-penn-oed-creators-professor-madman
> Mel Gibson and Sean Penn to play creators of Oxford English Dictionary
> Based on the bestselling novel, Professor and the Madman will star the
> Oscar-winners as two obsessive men who worked together in the 19th century.
> ---
> (I'm too stunned by this news to comment on anything other than the use of
> the word "novel" for Simon Winchester's non-fiction book "The Professor and
> the Madman," published in the UK as "The Surgeon of Crowthorne.")
> --bgz
> ------------------------------------------------------------
> The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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