Date: Mon, 13 Nov 1995 17:15:31 -0500
From: Jesse T Sheidlower jester[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]PANIX.COM
Subject: Re: "Esthetician"
Just now I picked up the business card the new owner handed me. It
introduces her as "Jennifer Thacker, Esthetician."
I REALLY do not know whether I can go back!
I'd say this is a fairly common word right now. While it might
be annoying in its pretentiousness, it's not even very new--we
have citations back to 1950 (in the aes- spelling), in what is
pretty much the same sense.
And it's not even especially misleading--save the rage for those
garbagemen calling themselves "sanitation engineers."
Jesse "'Exquisitely groomed'--New York Magazine" Sheidlower
Random House Reference
jester[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]panix.com