Date: Fri, 20 Sep 1996 02:07:13 -0400
From: "Barry A. Popik" Bapopik[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM
Subject: K-9 (for "canine"): or, My Life Goes to the Dogs!
This is about the origin of "K-9" for "canine," but a little personal
anecdote must come first.
I was reading a large newspaper story (with a large photo) about a woman
who was being evicted from her luxury apartment building because she refused
to give up her dogs. It was alleged that her dogs were vicious, and she
didn't register them with the co-op. Who cares?
Upon reading further, I found out that this woman lived in MY BUILDING.
She's currently suing us for $2.2 million, or $1.1 million per dog!!
This story made the New York Post, the Daily News, The New York Times
(11 Sept. 1996, A20, col. 1), Channels 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, WCBS newsradio, and
WINS newsradio. Everything! Full news coverage! For two dogs!!
Five years ago, Gerald Cohen and I solved the derivation of the "Big
Apple." For five years, we've been trying to publish the story of New York
City's nickname in a single New York City news outlet (three years later, it
made one). New York Newsday (which no longer exists) told me the story
wasn't news, and then ran a front page story on Joey Buttafuoco.
In the etymology business--and I've the "hot dog" along with the "Big
Apple" and the "Windy City"--I haven't even made one cent.
I guess I'm less important than dogs....