Date: Fri, 29 Mar 1996 13:20:50 EST From: Undetermined origin c/o LISTSERV maintainer Subject: Re: discussant If I recall correctly, the first use of "commentator" dates to the late sixteenth century, and it was then used for people commenting on paper--what we might call op ed writers or syndicated columnists. Vicki Rosenzweig vr%acmcr.uucp[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] | rosenzweig[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] New York, NY