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

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Fri Dec 9 17:46:47 EST 2016


As far as I can tell, Ben is right on.

If there was ever a time when I didn't say "Sounds good" when something
sounded good, or "Sounds OK," when something sounded OK,  or "Sounds
ridiculous," etc., I'd like to know when it was.

JL

On Fri, Dec 9, 2016 at 4:54 PM, Tim Stewart <timoteostewart1977 at gmail.com>
wrote:

> I'm not in a position to help Jane Karr directly, but I did find this ngram
> I just made with some related terms interesting, FWIW. Here's a shortened
> link to the ngram: http://bit.ly/2gtMVhO
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> Tim
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> Read excerpts from the forthcoming *Dictionary of Christianese
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> On Fri, Dec 9, 2016 at 3:46 PM, Ben Zimmer <bgzimmer at gmail.com> wrote:
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> > 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
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> > On Fri, Dec 9, 2016 at 4:36 PM, Cohen, Gerald Leonard <gcohen at mst.edu>
> > wrote:
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> > > 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
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > 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?
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > Jane Karr
> > > Editor, Education Life
> > >
> > > The New York Times
> > > 212-556-4102
> > >
> > > cell: 347-452-3640
> > >
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