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From Wikipedia, where I was doing some background research on various football teams:
In 1930, there were still many who questioned the quality of the professional game, claiming the college "amateurs" played with more intensity than professionals. In December 1930, the Giants played a team of Notre Dame All Stars at the Polo Grounds to raise money for the unemployed of New York City. It was also an opportunity to establish the skill and prestige of the pro game. Knute Rockne reassembled his Four Horsemen along with the stars of his 1924 Championship squad and told them to score early, then defend. Rockne, like much of the public, thought little of pro football and expected an easy win. But from the beginning it was a one-way contest, with Friedman running for two Giant touchdowns and Hap Moran passing for another. Notre Dame failed to score. When it was all over, Coach Rockne told his team, "That was the greatest football machine I ever saw. I am glad none of you got hurt." The game raised $100,000 for the homeless, and is often credited with establishing the legitimacy of the professional game for those who were critical.
The two things I find intriguing are: 1. There was a time that pro football was considered lower quality and intensity than college. 2. They raised $100,000 for the homeless during the Depression - essentially $1.4mm in today's dollars.
Not an insubstantial sum, it represented .6% of per capita government welfare spending in the New York area. Total government (federal, state, and local) spending in 1930 was $11.9bb and only $300mm was on welfare. By 1934, those totals were $12.8bb and $1.0bb. By 1940, the same figures were $20.4bb and $2.1bb.
For all the problems the NFL faces, there is still plenty to feel good about, though I don't think it would be easy to match that $1.4mm figure today, unless all the ticket receipts were just turned over.
Please note that a "factoid" is something that appears in print that is not true under any circumstances, but is accepted as fact because it appears in print.
Norman Mailer coined the word in the early 70's.
Regards to you all. (Yes, I am from the South)
Mr. Mailer "coined" the term. That is to say he invented the word. He determined the original meaning of the word. I am afraid Merriam merely took Mr. Mailers' term and decided it meant something else. I wonder if they asked Norman if that was okay?
I am sorry to say that everyone does not get a trophy in this case.
I guess a relative dictionary is just around the corner. Let us all make up our own meanings. Regards and Happy New Year!
No, language emphatically does not work that way. Not in English, not in Tagalog, not in Yupik, and not in Latin, when that item was still an evolving concern. Once coined, Mr. Mailer has no more control over the meaning of the word than you or I. Language is a series of agreements about meaning, and meaning changes as people agree it does. Please stop making up theories about how language should work, if only you were in charge.
The original meaning, which you identify as the only correct one, is in fact becoming less common. It may even disappear in the next two decades.
That would make contract law very very interesting. We have an agreement unless everyone changes the meaning of the language in the contract. Often. I hope my mortgage company doesn't share your approach. Best Regards.
Sorry, your explanation would make sense if words never changed over time. But they do, as AVI points out.
We get new words fairly frequently, and old words take on new meanings, or sometimes just fade from use.
Awful used to mean "to amaze" (filling with awe), but means something quite different now. There are a host of words whose meanings have changed over time.