Date: Thu, 2 Oct 1997 19:23:01 -0400
From: Gareth Branwyn GarethB2[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM
Subject: Re: "Murphy's Law" and aviation oral history
"Letter, we get letters, we get stacks and stacks of letters..."
Thought folks here might find this letter interesting:
A couple of things for the collection:
 Noted "Generica" in your book, Jargon Watch. I've been using the term
"Generican" for about 15 years to describe the accent which most newscasters
and midwesterners have -- none. I've also used it to describe people with no
traceable ethnic background.
 Jithead -- an international transportation term used to describe people--
inspired by all the shipping industry publications--who order goods on a
"JIT" or "just in time" basis, and who freak a streak when told that they
didn't order early enough. Usage: "The guy should have ordered it a month
sooner. He's a real jithead."
 Billy Lading -- any one of a thousand L.A.-based Asian forwarding
companies who has a one-person, one-room office, a one-line phone which is
switchable to a fax or modem line, and who is so low-budget they even steal
office supplies (like paper clips) from incoming documentation.
Warren S. Levine