[Ads-l] "disappear" as a transitive verb

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Wed Aug 26 15:05:19 EDT 2020


OED gives 1965, but the sense was popularized (or invented) by Joseph
Heller in Catch-22 (1961), where it is used several times.

JL

On Wed, Aug 26, 2020 at 2:41 PM James Landau <
00000c13e57d49b8-dmarc-request at listserv.uga.edu> wrote:

> In a mass email from one Scott Roberts at colorofchange.org, the heading
> was "Tampa police tried to disappear this Black woman".
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> James Landau
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