[Ads-l] Query from New York Times on "Sounds good."

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Fri Dec 9 16:46:57 EST 2016


Paging Arnold Zwicky... sounds like a case of the Recency Illusion,
Frequency Illusion, and Adolescent Illusion all wrapped up in one.

http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/myl/languagelog/archives/002407.html


On Fri, Dec 9, 2016 at 4:36 PM, Cohen, Gerald Leonard <gcohen at mst.edu>
wrote:

> Dear ads-l colleagues,
>
> Would anyone be able to help Jane Karr (New York Times editor) with her
> query
> below?  Any assistance would be much appreciated.
>
> G. Cohen
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> From: Karr, Jane [jakarr at nytimes.com]
> Sent: Friday, December 09, 2016 2:29 PM
> To: Cohen, Gerald Leonard
> Subject: NYT inquiry
>
>
> Professor Cohen,
> For the magazine I edit, Education Life, I'm wondering if you could shed
> light on the usage of the phrase "Sounds good."
>  I notice it was entered in the Urban Dictionary in 2009, although I've
> been hearing it from young people more recently in alarming frequency.
> (They are Midwesterners and college students.)
> Do you have a sense of when this phrase was popularized and was it on
> campus?
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> Jane Karr
> Editor, Education Life
>
> The New York Times
> 212-556-4102
>
> cell: 347-452-3640
>

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