Date: Sat, 26 Oct 1996 09:41:05 -0500
From: "Thomas J. Creswell" creswell[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CROWN.NET
Subject: A whole nother _nother_
-- [ From: Thomas J. Creswell * EMC.Ver #2.5.02 ] --
I realize the _nother_ thread has now gone to Archive, but I ran across the
following the other day and thought it might be of interest. Notice
especially the "scare" quotes:
Satellite DNA is, as they say, a "whole 'nother" story waiting to be told.
Stephen Jay Gould. "What Happens in Bodies" in _Hen's Teeth and Horse's
Tails_, Norton, NY, p. 168.
OED1 has _nother_ as both adj. and pron., with earliest cite in the 9th
century, W3 also has both adj and pron uses; etymology: misdivision from
_an other_ or _none other_.
In modern use, according to NSOED, the expression "a whole nother" is of
20th century US origin.