I finally got around to adding your blog to my Google Reader a couple weeks ago. I missed the first discussion on the term but saw your summation yesterday. Then, get this! I've never heard the term before I read the blog yesterday. Then last night when I was doing my nightly fiction reading when it showed up on page 72 of Vengeance In Death by JD Robb.
"He opened the japanned box on his desk, carefully selected a cigarette." I would have needed to reach for the paper and pen I keep by the bed and written the word down to look up. Instead, I wrote down the page and quote with the note to write to you. Sure one of those serendipity things!
It's all part of the value-added services brought to you by Ol' Myrt here!
Thanks for sharing.
Happy family tree climbing!
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