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In the News!

From Time to time, third-party news outlets, online publications, blogs, or journals pick up and link to, or republish, all or parts of posts appearing on  Early Sports 'n' Pop-Culture History Blog.

Here is a partial list:

  1. Lingua Franca, Language and Writing in Academe: Allan Metcalf, The First Dude, July 7, 2014.
  2. Edhat Santa Barbara: Santa Barbara History of John S. Hawley (inventor of the plunger), August 23, 2014.
  3. Lexicon Valley (Slate.com): Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo with Ben Zimmer, Help Solve the Mystery, Where did Get My Goat Come From?, November 17, 2014.
  4. Word Routes (VisualThesaurus): Ben Zimmer, "Getting One's Goat," Can You Help Solve the Mystery?, November 17, 2014.
  5. SiliconBeat (Mercury News): Levi Sumagaysay, Off Topic: Baby and New Pair of Shoes, November 21, 2014.
  6. Modern Farmer Magazine: Anna Roth, Let's Stop Being So Mean to Donkeys at Parties, Modern Farmer Magazine online (referring to my piece, Pinning Down the History of Pin the Tail on the Donkey).
  7. Comments on Etymology: Peter Reitan, Origin of The Whole Three/Six/Nine Yards: The Sale of Cloth in Multiples of Threes was Common in the 1800s and Early 1900s; Volume 44, January 2015 (featuring my research into the origin of the idiom, "the Whole Nine Yards.").
  8. Vox (and MSN News): Joseph Stromberg, The Forgotten History of How Automakers Invented the Crime of "Jaywalking", January 15, 2015 (citing my Pedestrian History and Etymology of "Jaywalking").
  9. Circulo Seguro: Josep Camos, 'Jaywalking', o un poco de Historia sobre cruzar la calle de forma indebida, February 15, 2015 (citing my Pedestrian History and Etymology of "Jaywalking"). 
  10. Gazeta.com: Rafael Darrouy, Como a industria automobilistica criminalizou os pedestres que atravessam fora da faixa, February 2, 2015 (citing my Pedestrian History and Etymology of "Jaywalking").
  11. City Lab (from The Atlantic): Eric Jaffe, The L.A. Dodgers are Named after Terrified Brooklyn Pedestrians, February 19, 2015.
  12. Language Log: Mark Liberman, Solving the Mystery of "Off the Cuff", February 21, 2015 (featuring my post Paper Linen and Cuff Notes - A Well-Planned History of Off the Cuff).
  13. Vocabulary.com: Ben Zimmer, Mailbag Friday: "Dude", March 1, 2015 Update.
  14. Comments on Etymology: Peter Reitan, 'Get/Come Down to Brass Tacks' -- Brass Coffin Tacks as Reminder of the Humble Fate Awaiting Us All, Volume 44, Number 7, April 2015 (featuring my research into the history and origin of the idiom, "Get Down to Brass Tacks").
  15. Lingua Franca, Language and Writing in Academe: Allan Metcalf, Getting Down to Brass Tacks - and Silver Ones, April 20, 2015. 
  16. Comments on Etymology: Gerald Cohen, More on 'get/come down to brass tacks', Volume 44, Number 8, May 2015 (includes reprint of my "Brass Tacks" Update).
  17. Stanford Law Review, Richard Craswell, When Nicknames Were Crowd-Sourced - or - How to Change a Team's Mascot, Volume 67, Issue 6, June 2015, pages 1235 and 1259 (cites Grim Reality of the Trolley Dodgers). 
  18. The Bleacher Report: Laura Depta, Serving Facials: 12 Unusual Sports Sayings Explained, May 15, 2015 (cites The History and Origin of Monday Morning Quarterback).  
  19. Gizmodo.com: Adam Clark Estes, The LA Dodgers Got Their Name from Brooklyn's Deadly Streetcars, June 10, 2015 (cites Grim Reality of the Trolley Dodgers).
  20. Vice Magazine's Fightland: Sarah Kurchak, The Prolific and Upsetting History of Humans Boxing Kangaroos, June 11, 2015 (cites Australia's Boxing Kangaroo - from Philadelphia?)
  21. Lexicon Valley (Slate.com): Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo with Ben Zimmer, Linguafile XIII: Don't Be a Clown, June 29, 2015 (discussing the History and Etymology of "Bozo").
  22. Word Routes (Visual Thesaurus): Ben Zimmer, Where does "Bozo" Come From?  Let's Not Clown Around!, June 30, 2015. 
  23. ViewingNYC.com: Matt Coneybeare, Article Details the Origin of the Phrase "New York Minute", August 16, 2015. Links to my post on the origin of "New York Minute".
  24. SF Signal (Hugo Award-winning online sci-fi magazine): Link to my post, The World's First Martians - and First Martian invasion, September 7, 2015.
  25. From Skedaddle to Selfie: Alan Metcalf, Oxford University Press, 2015 (release date, November 2, 2015), page 29 (reference to my work on Dude). 
  26. Language Log: Mark Liberman, Monkey Wrench, October 15, 2015 (featuring my post Charles Monk, Monkey Wrenches and a Monkey on a Stick).
  27. Fresh Signals (Coudal.com): Link to my History of the Club Sandwich, October 19, 2015.
  28. The Paris Review: Dan Piepenbring, Marcel's Spurious Sponge Cake and other news, October 20, 1015.  Brief discussion about, and link to, my piece on the Monkey Wrench.
  29. SiliconBeat (Mercury News): Levi Sumagaysay, Off Topic: A Pope's Pet Elephant, Punctuation History, Baby Needs New Shoes, Musical Coin Toss, October 23, 2015. 
  30. The Journal of Physical Security, Volume 8, Number 2, 2015, page x (Editor's Comments): Cites and links to my piece on, The Explosive History of Sis! Boom! Bah!
  31.  Comments on Etymology: Peter Reitan, Mardi Gras Origin of Parade Floats, Volume 45, Number 4, January 2016 (version of my post, Cotton Carts and Mardi Gras - a History and Origin of Parade "Floats")
  32. Lingua Franca, Language and Writing in Academe: Allan Metcalf, Floating Along on Mardi Gras, February 2, 2016. 
  33. SB Nation - Lighthouse Hockey (New York Islanders): Dan Saraceni, An Important Message Regarding Islanders Trade Rumors; Is it "close to the vest" or "close to the chest?"
  34. World Wide Words: Great Scott.
  35. The Paris Review: Sam Sweet, A Boy with No Birthday Turns Sixty, The Long, Tangled History of Alfred E. Neuman, March 3, 2016 (based, in part, on my research into the origins of Alfred E. Neuman). 
  36. Perlentaucher.de: Magazinrundschau vom 08.03.2016. German translation of excerpt of Alfred E. Neuman article in The Paris Review.
  37. Smithsonian Magazine:  Danny Lewis, Mad Magazine's Iconic Alfred E. Neuman Turns 60 This Year, March 17, 2016 (based, in part, on my research into the origins of Alfred E. Neuman). 
  38. The Huffington Post: Carla Herreria, So THAT'S Why It's Called Happy Hour, April 6, 2016 (citing on my Happy Hour Update).
  39. ABC 7 Eyewitness News, Chicago: Here is the Origin of 'Happy Hour' (also on ABC 6 Action News, Philadelphia).
  40. Business Insider: Thank the Navy for 'Happy Hour', June 15, 2016.
  41. We are the Mighty: Blake Stilwell, Of Course 'Happy Hour' Started with Bored Sailors, June 15, 2016.
  42. Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazine: Dr. Dr. Rainer Erlinger, Abschied mit schwerem Herzen, Heft 39/2016, October 4, 2016 (article about appropriate response to receiving a useless "Lebkuchen" as a farewell gift, links to my piece on White Elephants).
  43. The Grammarphobia Blog: Melania's Pussy Bow, October 10, 2016.
  44. Chicago Defender: What do the Chicago Cubs, Baseball and Hinduism Have in Common?, November 4, 2016 (refers to my piece Holy Cow! Hinduism and Baseball). 
  45. The Wall Street Journal: After the Election, the Concept of 'Flyover Country' Rises; TV Executives may have helped coin the term, November 26, 2016 (Online November 22, 2016), Ben Zimmer, "Word on the Street". Mentions my research into the origin of the expression, "flyover country." (Google the article by its title and skip the firewall.)
  46. Celebrating Life: Customs Around the World, From Baby Showers to Funerals, Vol. 1, Victoria Williams, ABC-CLIO (Santa Barbara), 2017: Referencing my piece on the history of the game, pin the tail on the donkey.
  47. Atlas Obscura: The Strange Business of Suction Cups, March 29, 2017 (previously appeared on Tedium, March 21, 2017).  Both pieces refer to and link to my piece on the history of the toilet plunger.

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