Date: Wed, 14 Dec 1994 09:43:20 -0500


Subject: Word / meeting / eating of the year

Dennis (B)'s posting is a reminder that ADS will once again choose and

announce a (new) Word (or phrase) of the Year. Our own terminology causes

confusion; does it have to be totally new, or nearly new, or just newly

prominent? and how can a phrase be a word? ADS-L-ers know that answers to

these questions could tie up our e-mailboxes for months, but it's hard to

explain the nuances to the outside world in soundbites. Anyhow:

This year the WOTY session has been bifurcated. Nominations will be made and

received at 10 am Wednesday the 28th. David Barnhart will have his own list,

and John and Adele Algeo's (they can't attend this year but have sent two

pages), and will present those and consider others, making a list of final

candidates in cooperation with others present. Then the next afternoon, at

our usual 5 pm time, we'll have the usual vote on the winners.

Please join in, if you can. And in case we get media attention as we did

last year, please let me know if you'd like to help with newspaper, radio,

and TV interviews.

If you can't be there, you *can* join in the deliberations by posting your

own nominations on ADS-L. (Or if for some reason you're shy, send them

directly to me.) Even if you can be there, advance notice will help.

As for the meeting itself, and the eating - you don't have to remind me that

the purpose of our gathering is not sybaritic; but it just seems to me that

our minds will function the best when our bodies are treated the best. So I

thought I'd let you know that, every Thursday evening in December, Le

Meridien's award-winning Marius Restaurant has "Le Tour de France," touring

the magnificent cuisine of France, starting at (gulp) $39 per person; every

Friday evening at the less upscale but still very satisfying L'Escale in Le

Meridien, is a Latin Extravaganza, $19.95, a South American buffet, with live

music by Jaime Valle & Equinox. Menu includes: Cebiche salads, taco bar,

casserole from Brazil (black beans, smoked meats and andouilles, dumplings of

dried cod), chicken fajitas from Mexico, flank steak marinated in Dorada beer

from Argentina....

I'll tell you another time about Kaffeen's Espresso Bar at the nearby Ferry


Happy holidays - AAllan[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]