Mrs. Baiter, 58, is the author of four books on language, including ''Poplollies and Bellibones: A Celebration of Lost Words'' (Clarkson N. Potter, 1977) and ''Lost Words of Love'' (Potter, 1993). Her children's book, ''Murfles and Wink-a-Peeps,'' (Potter, 1985) won an American Booksellers' Association Children's Book Council award. She is also a photographer whose work has been exhibited in New York at the Glyndor Gallery at Wave Hill and at the Michael Ingbar Gallery of Architectural Art. She graduated from Barnard and received a master's degree in teaching English from Boston College. Her parents, the late Dr. Paula Kelz and Dr. Siegfried Kelz, lived in Brookline, Mass.
(Incidentally, I was happy to see the corrigendum of the misattribution of authorship of Poplollies and bellibones , since I was the one who called it to Susan's attention!) Let me just add how much I have enjoyed and continue to enjoy your magazine.
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The legitimacy of this word rests entirely on two appearances in dictionaries, in 1623 and 1656. It seems never to have been used seriously and ever since has been held up as an example of an odd word, in modern times in works with titles like The Joy of Lex, Poplollies and Bellibones, Have a Word on Me, and Dimboxes, Epopts, and other Quidams.
When you look at the seven uncomplimentary names, humorous as they sound, they are harsher than poplolly and Bellibone, both of which have a lovely sound to them. Perhaps if a word sounds bad, it is and if it sounds good, it is.