Buzzwords of 2013
23 hours ago
The web log of a reference librarian
it seems almost certain that “dude” derived from “doodle,” as in “Yankee Doodle Dandy.”... For some reason, early in 1883, this inspired someone to call foppish young men of New York City “doods,” with the alternate spelling “dudes” soon becoming the norm.I always associated the word with surfers, later with headbangers and stoners.
I couldn’t help feeling that books were rather like people: some more formal and off-putting, others more racy; some simply for show, others with unpromising outsides but rich interiors. They did more, in fact, than furnish a room; they were companions who could offer insights, good advice, or just reliable escapism, as one went through the stages of life.
Now the books are being dispersed (not all, to be sure, but very many), and I fear for their future, almost as if they were refugees...
I don't know. I don't think so, but time will tell. The age of ink and paper and printing has been relatively brief: a few centuries.As I dispose of the books – many are going to charity shops and I hope they will find good homes – I can’t help wondering if my generation is the last that will oversee such a process.