Date: Sun, 19 Oct 1997 10:49:54 -0400 From: Fred Shapiro Subject: Re: Etymology of _Hoosier_ Dennis, Thanks for your interesting message. My comments referred to historical truth rather than "psycholinguistic, morphological" truth. I fear that, as we move into the Age of the Internet, and fewer and fewer people have any understanding of the notion of matters of history and etymology being provable by documented primary sources, the historical truths of etymology will become more and more buried beneath the mounds of popular conjecture. My sister-in-law read in a computer text that the term _bug_ 'hardware or software defect' originated because Grace Murray Hopper found a moth in an early computer. No amount of my explaining that Thomas Edison used essentially the same term in the 1800s could shake her conviction that this story was correct. Current trends in the preservation (i.e., non-preservation) and dissemination of information will only increase the difficulty of such discussions. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Fred R. Shapiro Coeditor (with Jane Garry) Associate Librarian for Public Services TRIAL AND ERROR: AN OXFORD and Lecturer in Legal Research ANTHOLOGY OF LEGAL STORIES Yale Law School Oxford University Press, 1997 e-mail: fred.shapiro[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] ISBN 0-19-509547-2 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------