[Ads-l] "Oscar" in the WSJ

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Fri Feb 22 17:09:06 UTC 2019

My latest column is on the origins of "Oscar" as the nickname for the
Academy Awards statuette. I drew on some fruitful recent discussion on the
list and off, especially from Barry Popik, Fred Shapiro, Garson O'Toole,
Peter Reitan, and Stephen Goranson. My space was limited, so I wasn't able
to fit all of the various theories and bits of early evidence that have
come up, but I tried to hit the key points of recent research. Thanks to

text on Outline (no paywall): https://outline.com/YEPzU9


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