Date: Fri, 10 Oct 1997 14:00:45 -0700

From: Peter Richardson prichard[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]LINFIELD.EDU

Subject: Re: New word?

My messages to . . . keep getting bounced back---does anyone have a

new edress (are you there . . .)?

_edress_ is clearly a nice blend. Maybe that semantic gap Virginia

mentioned is already taken up by "return address," but in this case I'd

prefer the one-word form because it gives us much more time for the

additional foolishness of life.

On the other hand, it might be a minority pronunciation of the other

Latinate word for "exit"--or even that white bird with the elegant

plumage we don't see here in the Northwest. (In the Midwest, of course, a

snowy edress must be the way out of a January parking lot.) But wait!

certainly this is a shorthand form of a size of apparel, the smallest

being an a-dress--although that gets us back to what was probably

originally intended. It's clearly time to admit that this is Friday, and

that I, for one, need a good long weekend to think this all over.