[Ads-l] WOTY?

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jul 26 07:50:04 UTC 2016

Bananiana.. Lincolnabilia.

On Mon, Jul 25, 2016 at 11:17 AM, Dave Wilton <dave at wilton.net> wrote:

> "Greatest Niche Utility" would seem to be a useful (and fun) category.
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> From: American Dialect Society [mailto:ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On Behalf
> Of George Thompson
> Sent: Monday, July 25, 2016 10:47 AM
> Subject: [ADS-L] WOTY?
> Is there a category "Likely to be found highly useful by a *very* select
> few"?
> >From a story on off-the-beaten-path collecting, on the front page of
> >the
> Arts section of today's NYTimes:
> “It started out innocently enough with a plastic banana in a Ziploc bag on
> the door of my apartment when I was in college,’’ wrote Scott McCarney of
> Rochester. “Before I knew it I was publishing a newsletter and collecting
> bananabilia.”
> But I suppose someone is going to respond that a Google search shows that
> the word was used by Prime Minister Gladstone in 1873.
> --
> George A. Thompson
> The Guy Who Still Looks Stuff Up in Books.
> Author of A Documentary History of "The African Theatre", Northwestern
> Univ. Pr., 1998..
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