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September 08, 2014


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My retronym of choice? Well, look at all the dogs bred with poodles for their alleged hypoallergenic qualities - Labradoodle, Golden Doodle, Malti-poo, Yorkie-poo, schnoodle ... the list goes on. So I call my purebred toy poodle a poo-poo.

Lovely paraphrase of the French saying. On the retronym front: in the early 1960s I knew a woman who had grown up in suburban LA during the 50s; she referred to a movie theater as "a walk-in." In the restaurant business, kitchen workers refer to "the walk-in" meaning the big freezer; this have given rise to the term "reach-in" for the kind intended for home use.

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