Date: Fri, 5 Jun 1998 14:30:18 +0000
From: Jim Rader
Subject: Re: "...they met cute..."

Nexis has sporadic examples of this idiom going back to 1978
(Washington Post, Feb. 3). A number of its users characterize it as
"show-biz language," "screenwriters' jargon," or the like. It may be
several decades older. I'm not about to wade through the nine or
ten inches of cites for _meet_ in our pre-C10 file that might or might
not have an earlier instance of it.

Jim Rader