End of ADS-L Digest - 5 Jan 1998 to 6 Jan 1998 ********************************************** Subject: ADS-L Digest - 6 Jan 1998 to 7 Jan 1998 There are 15 messages totalling 529 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. All America (1889) (2) 2. infoglut synonyms 3. Fwd: All-America query (2) 4. pronounce it MOTHERFUCKER 5. Pron of the name of the 23rd letter of the alphabet Down Under? 6. Beetle (2) 7. "I vas dere" 8. Rude Message from Denizen (5) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Wed, 7 Jan 1998 00:12:24 EST From: Bapopik Subject: All America (1889) "All America" is an Americanism. It's not slang, so it's not in the HISTORICAL DICTIONARY OF AMERICAN SLANG. It's not regional (it's All American), so it's not in the DICTIONARY OF AMERICAN REGIONAL ENGLISH. It wasn't in the DICTIONARY OF AMERICANISMS and it wasn't in the OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY that I could see. Drove me nuts!! At the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Indiana, Nancy Eide (Nancy.Eide[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CollegeFootball.org) responded that "All America" was first used in "This Week's Sport" (whatever that is) in 1889. There must have been other lists published soon after this--leading to the phrase "everybody's All American" that I found ten years later and that was the title of a Frank Deford novel and film.