Date: Tue, 30 Apr 1996 06:12:04 -0400
From: "M. Lynne Murphy" 104LYN[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MUSE.ARTS.WITS.AC.ZA
below is a request i've had from a south african lexicographer on
behalf of the OED. it seems they had not heard of "scare quotes"
until they read a paper of mine. another case of me speaking
american english without realizing it.
does anyone have any citations or etymological info? it's not in
_american heritage_ (the only u.s. dictionary i have at the office).
any idea how old it is?
i pointed out in my response to the below that i think "scare quotes"
can also be used to refer to the gesture of miming double quotes with
two fingers on each hand.
respond to me or the list, and i'll summarize for penny & edmund.
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From: "Penny Silva" PENNY[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]Aardvark.ru.ac.za
Organization: Dictionary Unit for SA English
To: "M. Lynne Murphy" 104LYN[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]muse.arts.wits.ac.za
Date: Tue, 30 Apr 1996 10:02:49 +200
We're having some correspondence with OED on
this. Having pointed out your use of the word, we
discover that it isn't reflected in their holdings at
all! Do you know its etymology? age? Presumably
it's only found in US Eng.? I heard Richard Bailey
using it last year and wondered, at the time.
Edmund Weiner would be delighted to get hold of
some citations illustrating its use, if you come across
Penny Silva - Director - Dictionary Unit for SA English - Rhodes University
PO Box 94 - Grahamstown 6140 - South Africa. Tel. (0461) 31-8107.
Fax No. (0461) 25642. E-mail: Penny[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]aardvark.ru.ac.za