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Negation Not Acceptable

April 15, 2011

As Wiki quotes:
“An oft-repeated, but false, alternative explanation for the term “X says that at some time in the early 20th century, the United States military had two classes for airships: Type A and Type B-.[6] In fact,
… there was no American “A-class” of airships as such – all military aircraft, heavier or lighter-than-air were designated with “A” until the appearance of B-class airships in May 1917. There was an American B airship – but there seems to be no record of any official designation of non-rigids as “limp”. Further, according to the Oxford Dictionary, the first appearance of the word in print was in 1916, in England, a year before the first B-class airship.
—”Etymology of “X” by Dr. A. D. Topping, AAHS Journal, Winter 1963.

The perpetuation of this erroneous explanation is an example of false etymology.”

2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 15, 2011 9:30 pm

    limp gives it away

  2. Qrish permalink*
    April 18, 2011 9:59 pm


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