[Ads-l] Barry Popik?

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Wed Sep 22 01:24:23 UTC 2021

> I doubt that he
> initiated the Linked-in message Jim Landau received.

I've fallen for that one, myself. I was suckered into joining Facebook by
an invite supposedly from someone else who went to MIT, subsequently
becoming famous in the field, as this writer, sadly, has not. I'm still

On Tue, Sep 21, 2021 at 8:56 PM Cohen, Gerald Leonard <gcohen at mst.edu>

> The main news about Barry Popik is that he is continuing
> work on his extraordinary blog about words and expressions (barrypopik.com
> ).
> Barry was trained as an attorney ( don't know at which university), but
> Wikipedia mentions only his work on
> etymology:
> 'Barry Popik (born 1961) is an American etymologist.
> Popik is a consulting editor of the Oxford Encyclopedia
> of Food and Drink in America and was described in The Wall Street Journal
> as "the restless genius of American etymology".'
> Btw, he does live in Goshen, NY, and I doubt that he
> initiated the Linked-in message Jim Landau received.
> Gerald Cohen
> (who has co-authored several books with
> Barry)
> bcc: Barry Popik
> ________________________________
> From: American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU> on behalf of
> James Landau, jjjrlandau at NETSCAPE.COM
> Sent: Tuesday, September 21, 2021 7:00 PM
> Subject: Barry Popik?
> I thought Barry Popik was living in Arizona, but I just got a mysterious
> LinkedIn connection request from "Barry Popik, BS Rensselaer Polytechnic,
> Doctor of Law Touro College". According to the LinkedIn request,
> Dr. Popik is living in Goshen, Orange County, New York.
> If this is our old ADS-L colleague, then the BS from Renssalaer implies
> a technical degree. Perhaps in nuclear physics, which could use an
> etymologist before it gets totally swamped by terminology like "quark",
> "muon", "Higgs boson", "collapse of the wave function", and "dark energy".
> James Landau
> jjjrlandau at netscape.com
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