Date: Tue, 15 Jul 1997 12:03:39 -0400 From: Gareth Branwyn Subject: McDonalds vs. the OED? Thought ADS-L readers would find this interesting. This is a joke, right? The OED wouldn't publish such emphemeral slang, would it? I went to the McLibel site, and while fascinating, found nothing about this alleged case. Gareth >---------- Forwarded message ---------- >Date: Mon, 14 Jul 1997 16:11:06 +0100 >From: "i.m.mckay" >To: anarchy-list[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] >Subject: McJob for McCrunch? (fwd) > > >Subject: McD Menacing the Oxford English Dictionary >Date: July 13, 1997 >>From: Dazza > >The UK paper TheIndependent on Sunday, 22 June, carried a story called "OED >chickens out over 'McJob'" > >The Oxford English Dictionary has been advised by lawyers not to include the >word "McJob" in its next issue, writes Mark Rowe. > >McD's success in the McLibel trial has made the OED wary that the >multinational may seek to flex its muscles in other areas. > >"McJob", to the great displeasure of McDonald's, is widely used as a euphemism >for any form of dead-end, low paid employment. The OED believes the word is in >common enough useage to be included within its esteemed covers. > >The OED says it has yet to make a decision on "McJob", but lawyers have >suggested it drop the word on legal grounds. > >OED Chief editor John Simpson said he intended to use the word in future, but >not in the next 3000-word supplementary edition, due out at the end of the >summer. "We have taken legal advice, since we are aware that companies may be >unhappy and object to the tone of such words," he said. "To withdraw any word >is against our policy. We have not yet made a decision." > >The definition: > >McJob n. colloq. (freq. derog) [the name of the McDonalds chain of fast-food >restaurants, regarded as a typical source of such emplyment + JOB n. Prob. not >a direct reference to the programme mentioned in quot. 1985, but rather based >on McDonalds' general practice of using Mc- as a preformative element in a >range of proprietary product names] A poorly paid job with few prospects, esp. >one taken by an overqualified worker because of a shortage of other prospects >or lack of ambition. > >----------------------------------------------------------------------- >U.S. McLibel Support Campaign Email dbriars[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] >PO Box 62 Phone/Fax 802-586-9628 >Craftsbury VT 05826-0062 >----------------------------------------------------------------------- >To subscribe to the "mclibel" electronic mailing list, send email > > To: majordomo[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] >Subject: >Message: subscribe mclibel > >To unsubscribe, change the message to: "unsubscribe mclibel" -------------------------------------------- Gareth Branwyn garethb2[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE], Contributing editor, Wired Co-author of the _Happy Mutant Handbook_ and _Internet Power Toolkit_ Author of _Jargon Watch: A Pocket Dictionary for the Jitterati_ (HardWired)