On Tue, 9 Dec 1997, Bapopik wrote:
Is this coming up again?
As I've said _many_ times, the ADS needs to get much bigger (not
smaller!). We need to have an online publication with the American Name
Society such as AMERICAN POPULAR SPEECH, something that would cover news
events, movies, plays, music lyrics, books, new words and phrases, and more.
Here's the latest issue:
NEWS: Discussion of Gravegate, Paulagate, Travelgate, Filegate, Watergate.
Reprints of recent news articles on license plate names and dog names.
MOVIES: Discussion of Robin William's "pahk yah cah in Hahvahd Yahd" in GOOD
WILL HUNTING. Discussion of the Southernisms of THE RAINMAKER. Discussion of
AAVE and AMISTAD by two or three experts. Teen talk and SCREAM 2.
BOOKS: Reviews of Peter Matthews's CONCISE OXFORD DICTIONARY OF
Anne Soukhanov's revised Flexner, AMERICA IN SO MANY WORDS.
THEATER: Africanisms and African naming in THE LION KING.
SPORTS: Legal battle over Nets coach John Calipari's "F***ing Mexican Idiot."
Rehabilitation words?--Latrell Sprewell, Marv Albert, Lawrence Phillips
MUSIC: Lyrics of the latest from Will Smith, the Rolling Stones.
SPECIAL INTERVIEW: AMISTAD's dialect coach (see above review).
SPECIAL FEATURE: "Santa Claus" names (Sidewalk Santa, Street Corner Santa,
Department Store Santa, St. Nick, Kris Kringle).
SPECIAL FEATURE: "Gaspers" (autoerotic asphyxiation).
NEW WORDS & PHRASES.
NOTABLE WORDS & PHRASES.
SPANGLISH, EBONICS, REGIONAL SPEECH COLUMNS.
NOTES & QUERIES COLUMN.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: ANS meeting, ADS meeting.
UNOFFICIAL WORD-OF-THE-YEAR VOTES.
CORRECTIONS AND COMMENTS.
For example, if any discussion about AMISTAD were to appear in AMERICAN
SPEECH, it would appear next year, after the movie closes!
I have said many times that I would even fund such a venture through the
first year, although I would expect that it would make money eventually.
I don't apologize for putting etymologies on ADS-L--they are certainly
professional and nearly all contain OED and RHHDAS antedates. The American
Dialect Society has been a pretty lonely place for discussion of popular
speech. Why make it worse?
If you're not reading the above AMERICAN POPULAR SPEECH issue right now,
don't blame me! I'm willing to donate only time, expertise, and money...