Date: Fri, 19 May 1995 12:20:35 +0100 From: debaron[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UIUC.EDU Subject: Re: 1995 Candidates "Word of the Year" >I'd like to know if people are really using it or if it's just part >of an organized campaign to get this word out into the world. > >Jesse Sheidlower >Random House Dictionaries > Not to be too dense, Jesse, but doesn't the second somehow presume the first? People campaigning for a word are, presumably, using it. Or is this a case of tobacco execs who don't smoke? More to the point, how do we differentiate between language planning and language promotion or PR? Must a word arise naturally or can it be consciously promoted? Certainly people have done this in the past, with whatever degree of success. And there are those stories out there about the origins of humongous. Dennis -- Dennis Baron debaron[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Department of English office: 217-333-2392 University of Illinois fax: 217-333-4321 608 South Wright Street home: 217-384-1683 Urbana, Illinois 61801