[Ads-l] Oxymoron seen: "official bootleg"

Dave Wilton dave at WILTON.NET
Sun Jul 3 12:26:08 UTC 2016

"Official bootleg" is rather common in the music business, referring to an authorized recording of a live performance.

It goes back to at least 1991 and "Paul McCartney Unplugged: The Official Bootleg," a recording of McCartney's MTV performance.

The oxymoron is probably the result of a semantic shift from bootleg meaning "unofficial recording, often of a live performance" to "recording of a live performance."

I have no clue what an official bootleg of a comic book is. 

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