[Ads-l] nontroversy; to resolve

MULLINS, WILLIAM D (Bill) CIV USARMY RDECOM AMRDEC (US) william.d.mullins18.civ at MAIL.MIL
Fri Dec 9 12:22:17 EST 2016


_Philadelphia Daily News_ 21 Jan 2003 p32 col 1
"As a nation's thoughts turn to the work and words of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., filmmaker Spike Lee told hundreds of teen-agers at the Lauderhill, Fla., Boys & Girls Club Saturday that he is concerned  young people will first learn about King and civil-rights heroine Rosa Parks from a character  in last year's comedy "Barbershop."
Hasn't this "nontroversy" burned itself out yet?"

Newspapers.com has other examples that predate this one, but they all appear to be typographical errors for "controversy".

> "Nontroversy" came up here back in 2010...
> 
> http://listserv.linguistlist.org/pipermail/ads-l/2010-June/100523.html
> 
> Wordspy dates it to 1998.
> 
> http://wordspy.com/index.php?word=nontroversy
> 
> 
> On Fri, Dec 9, 2016 at 7:36 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> 
> > CNN: "Controversy...or nontroversy?"
> >
> > 14,000 Googlits.
> >

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