Date: Fri, 19 May 1995 04:40:13 GMT From: "J. Pennelope Goforth" Subject: Re[2]: 1995 Candidates "Word of the Year" Hey, Jesse! That was different! I looked for it in three dictionaries here at the Publication Unit and couldn't' find the word. And I've never heard it used in either my government beauracratese or any other fiction I've read recently. It sounds like an Elizabeth Peters parody; ie.the word 'detectival'. Uhh, no, I wouldn't be interested in using the word. My new word for the year was 'encomium'! JP Goforth ______________________________ Reply Separator _________________________________ Subject: Re: 1995 Candidates "Word of the Year" Author: ADS-L[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] (American Dialect Society) at CC2MHS1 Date: 5/19/95 11:21 AM > How about integritous?(meaning:having great integrity)I used that in des- > cribing the founder of the company I work for to my father on the phone last > night and he said "What did you do- make that word up?" That is extremely interesting. Does this honestly represent a real use? We got a letter several months ago from a group of students who had claimed to coin this word, and wanted to donate it to us for the betterment of the English language. Nothing wrong with the word, of course (except that it duplicates the obsolete _integritive_), but 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