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

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