Date: Mon, 13 Nov 1995 17:15:31 -0500 From: Jesse T Sheidlower 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." Best, Jesse "'Exquisitely groomed'--New York Magazine" Sheidlower Random House Reference