Date: Thu, 23 Apr 1998 11:06:39 -0400
From: Larry Horn
Subject: P.S. on banshees

Correction: I just altered the search command on Nexis and came up with
two additional cites (besides the Pell-Safire one), one from the Orlando
Sentinel in 1991 (quoting an environmental sculptor) and one from the
Chicago Tribune in 1990 (quoting the village manager of Bolingbrook, Ill.).
It's possible, of course, that these four instances are all isolated ones,
with each speaker performing his (they're all male) own reanalysis of "Xing
like banshees", but it's also conceivable that the expression has in fact
shifted in langue rather than parole for some variety of English. Any