November 12, 2002
i'm a merriam webster man myself
Article in the Times about the new and improved Shorter Oxford English Dictionary . Don't know if it's good press to admit you got a phrase from the show Friends, though:
"Asked for a personal favorite from the new phrases, Mr. Stevenson cited "go commando," which the dictionary says means to go out wearing no underwear. "We got it from the TV series 'Friends.'"
Posted by elia at November 12, 2002 02:24 PM
Maybe there is something to that whole liberal media elite conspiracy the right kvetches about. i mean, sitcom writers are controling our fucking vocabularies!
Language is Power. Except when there's a gun involved.
Mining certain vocabularies for short term gain, but inadvertantly (or not) solidifying them into the larger lexicon of American prime time tv viewership.
I dunno. Either some college grad sitcom writer or a stodgy, out-of-touch tribunal like the French have? Which would you prefer?
You need to turn your irony detector up a few notches, honey.
I am reminded of those moments when you come across a late-60s coinage, or something from WWII, that has made it in between the hallowed covers of Webster's 10th, and you can feel the exact moment in time when the word meant something, and its current and seemingly premature obsolescence. I am now searching or an example, but my dictionary's not arranged by coinage date...
Irony's over, honeybuns. Haven't you heard?
Irony is never over, cupcake.
here: (not necessarily in Web; found on google)
"Global Village" (1967, McLuhan)
"executive nanny" 1968
black hole (1968? 1967?)
Silicon Valley 1971
"he shoots! he scores!" 1943, I shit you not
"Foo Fighter" [ww ii, no specific date]
conscientious objector [ditto]
all these via pages found thru google so you know half are wrong or half-wrong
my irony's set to stun.
kio's, obviously, to kill.
Oh come on, what's a day without a little harmless bickering?
Also, re: David's list, does everybody know about www.wordspy.com? It's good.
dbrown, you mean like "dialing for dollars"?
ok, kio, yes, sweet pea, my irony detector has been on the fritz lately. i think it was ever since dbrown left the office with nary a writer in the vicinity. irony may never be over, but it sure can get durn tiring for us simple folk.
Ok pumpkin, let's call it a truce for today.
note to self: learn to distinguish between devil's advocacy and irony.