End of ADS-L Digest - 4 Oct 1997 to 5 Oct 1997 ********************************************** Subject: ADS-L Digest - 5 Oct 1997 to 6 Oct 1997 There are 10 messages totalling 396 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. akribits 2. "The Backbone of America"; First Monday in October; NY Yankees (3) 3. dialect in literature (3) 4. "Hoosier" (2) 5. Etymology of _Hoosier_ ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Mon, 6 Oct 1997 01:23:02 -0700 From: Kim & Rima McKinzey Subject: akribits So who happened to watch the new sitcom "Veronica's Closet" last week? One of the plot threads involved the PR person inventing a new word because he couldn't come up with a synonym for "increase." He came up with akribits (spelling obviously phonetically made up since they never showed it in writing). After making it up, it was then used in an article in "Time" (I think), and then in the "Wall Street Journal," and then by a TV news anchor. And people ask me all the time how new words get in the dictionary... Rima