lexus nexus sexus : The Shorter OED is relative to the longer OED, of course. The abridged versionis almost 4,000 pages long, comes in two volumes and costs $150. The unabridgedversion, which dates back to 1857, takes up 20 volumes. (The shorter has aboutone-third the content of the larger.)"The OED has a reputation for being very formal and very literary that reallyisn't deserved," says Sheidlower. "We make an effort to reflect all varietiesof language, including language people are using on a daily basis." That can,and does, mean including some words that can't be printed in a familynewspaper.The OED editors oversee a vast network of readers (some paid staffers, mostvolunteers) who read everything from technical magazines to paperback thrillerslooking for new words and existing words used in a new context. To be added tothe OED, a word must be found in at least five different sources over fiveyears. Some new additions, however, have been in the common language far longer thanfive years. Deep Throat (the Watergate source, whose name was derived from thepornographic movie) just made the cut, as did George Lucas' the Force and theDark Side, popular for 25 years.
lexus nexus sexus : Some new entries will puzzle Americans, and others will puzzle Britons; the OEDincludes terms that aren't shared on both sides of the Atlantic. Few Americansmay know what to make of stakeholder pensions, bed-blocking or Clause Four(British terms), while we have POTUS ("President of the United States"),Naderite and beltway.Once a word is accepted for inclusion,Sheidlower says, the editors then traceits historical roots. Some TV viewers may have thought that the writers of"Friends" invented the expression going commando to describe a woman whoventures out in public without underwear. "That definitely goes back severaldecades," Sheidlower says. As does yada yada, which was popularized by -- notinvented by -- "Seinfeld."If you didn't know that and feel stupid, just burst out with Homer Simpson'sfavorite exclamation: "D'oh!" After all, it's now in the OED.inquiring lexophiliac (idleeric) --> definition? ... from the Old English "cynttyse"?Link--> I couldn't find the OED definition of lap dance (since the latestedition isn't out yet). I did find it in The American HeritageŽ Dictionary ofthe English Language: Fourth Edition as:
lexus nexus sexus : NOUN: An erotic dance that a stripper performs while straddling a customer's lap. OTHER FORMS: lap-dance -VERB lap dancer -NOUN I have the original version of the OED on CD-ROM, and I did find someinteresting variations on the word "lap:" lap belt, a safety belt across the lap; lap-board, a board to lay on the lap, as a substitute for a table; lap-cock (see quot. 1848); lap-held a. = lap-top adj. below; also ellipt. as n.; lap-iron, a piece of iron used as a lapstone; _ lap-lettuce, ? curly lettuce; _ lap-lock = dewlap; lap-robe, a rug or cloth to cover the lap of a person seated in a vehicle; lap-shaver (see quot.); lap strap, a safety strap across the lap; lap-table = lap-board; lap-tea (U.S. local), a tea at which the guests take refreshments in their laps, not at a tableLet's see if we can put some of these words and phrases to good use: Following a hardy *lap dance* session, I felt just like *lap lettuce*. Fortunately, after a refreshing cup of *lap-tea*, I was ready to put on the old *lap strap* again. Uh, oh, here comes Lexus. Once she takes off her *lap robe*, I'll have to give in. I'll soon be *lap-held* in a *lap-lock*. Good thing I'm almost out of money.
lexus nexus sexus : So is a lexophiliac someone who does unspeakable things to dancers with thestage name of Lexus?idleeric--> Why the hyphen? ... wouldn't "lapdance" be simpler? In all theyears I've read this newsgroup, I've never seen it! Looks as if the boyz at AHDinvented a word never used among the Users. Why didn't they consult the ASSCwebsite first?Link--> As I understand it, the usual linguistic migration is for a phrase tobegin as two words, then become hyphenated, and then become joined together (asin "cupcake" and "roadblock"). Looks like we're one step ahead of thedictionary editors, who have to follow the trends, rather than create them. Ifthe OED does its usual fine job of citing original sources, there should be amention of ASSC for its forward-looking contribution.Link--> So is a lexophiliac someone who does unspeakable things to dancers withthe stage name of Lexus?idleeric--> All the dancers in this area go by "Lexis" or "Lexass" so Iwouldn'tknow ....Link--> Looks like I confused the dancers' name with the high-priced luxurycar. Gee, I wonder how that could have happened? Any dancers named Steinway,Yamaha, or Baldwin in your neck of the woods?
lexus nexus sexus : idleeric --> OK, butt what about my basic point? .... that "tolapdance" & "to be lapdanced" are barbaric usages, unknown tocivilized, ASSCified PLs.Link--> No argument from these quarters. The dictionary editorsprobably asked the summer intern to check out the jargon byvisiting a strip club. Taking the easy way out, the intern overheadthe phrase "lap dance" in the parking lot and assumed it was ahyphenated term. It is a term that is more spoken than written(ASSC not withstanding). You don't tend to see strip clubs with thename "Lap Dance Emporium" or "Lap-Dances Are Us."Maybe we should start writing "strip-club" instead of "strip club"and see what happens. Here's a quotable quote for the OED editors:"Hi, darling, how about a stripclub lapdance?" That should bethe first documented occurrence of the phrase "stripclub lapdance."idleeric --> Did I write "lapdance"? Does that make me anAuthoritative Source or just another PL?Link--> You could be both. In fact, you may be the authoritativesource as far as the Lapdance News Service is concerned. Didn'tyou send me an e-mail (or should that be email) suggesting thename of the ASSC news bureau? This was many years ago,so my addled brain may be playing tricks on me.Even though the "Lapdance" in LNS isn't linguistically correct, Ilike to think of it as showing a bit of irreverence, similar to theuse of "butt" in place of "but" in this newsgroup and the useof "grrl" in place of "girl" amongst some women folk.
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