Date: Sat, 13 Jan 1996 10:30:46 -0500 From: Ronald Butters Subject: Re: McX On Fri, 12 Jan 1996, Allan Metcalf wrote: > " . . . productive use of the prefix Mc- meaning something like "McX is to X > as a > McDonald's hamburger is to a GOOD hamburger." Is this something new, or > has it been around at least since 1993 and I am only now tumbling to it?" > > David Barnhart's very valuable _Barnhart New-Words Concordance_ (Cold Spring > NY, Lexik House 1994) leads to one previous notice, "McDoctor" in the > _Barnhart Dictionary Companion_ 4.4 (Winter 1985). The word denotes "the > 'urgicenters,' 'surgicenters' and 'quick care centers' that have sprung up in > business districts and shopping centers." All students of McX ought to read the article in AMERICAN SPEECH, based onl an enormous amount of reserach, which Genine Lentine and Roger Shuy published in the Winter 1990 issue (65.4: 349-66): "Mc-: Meaning in the Marketplace"!