[Ads-l] When Jeff Bezos used "complexifier"...

Andy Bach afbach at GMAIL.COM
Fri Feb 8 19:01:32 UTC 2019

Interesting the quoted email from the AMI lawyer, captioning the photos
they have to publish (or not), uses:
*Ms. Sanchez wearing a plunging red neckline dress revealing her cleavage
and a glimpse of her nether region.*

OED says it's usually pluralized, but I suppose as that is because it
generally refers to a person's front and backside
1949 "Blushing to wear patched nether regions, he toured the shops..for a
pair of hard-wearing flannel trousers."

and, in the photo, only one of those could be seen.

On Fri, Feb 8, 2019 at 10:40 AM Ben Zimmer <bgzimmer at gmail.com> wrote:

> My emergency Word on the Street column:
> https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-blackmail-charge-highlights-jeff-bezoss-complexifier-11549641462
> Text on Outline with no paywall:
> https://outline.com/eRCX9V
> On Fri, Feb 8, 2019 at 7:15 AM Stephen Goranson <goranson at duke.edu> wrote:
> > ...some thought he coined it. But it's not that simple, as Daniel Patrick
> > Moynihan knew.
> >
> >
> ------------------------------------------------------------
> The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org



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