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Monday, April 12, 2010


Hi Jon,

After reading your blog post “What’s in a Name?” yesterday, about the word chupacabra, I was doing a little searching and I came across a snippet when delving amongst Google Books, at this link:

http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=Tb1oAAAAMAAJ&q=chupacabra&dq=chupacabra&lr=&cd=364 where you can see the word chupacabra highlighted in yellow. So I went over to Amazon UK and found the title, listed as having been published in 1984: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Latin-America-Teaching-Cathryn-Lombardi/dp/0299097145/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1271001185&sr=1-1

I don't know if the info is of any use at all, but thought I'd send it over anyway.

Best wishes,



Dale Drinnon said...

So is the use of the name in the original 1984 edition or is it part of a later revision in a subsequent edition? The note speaks of a series of rumors which are well-known enough to have provoked an investigation and that means press coverage.
Be interesting to see if that was the case in 1984. The rumors of a specific sort of "Animal mutilations monster" are at least a decade older again, whether that name was in use for it or not.

Kithra said...

That's a good question. But knowing Amazon UK as I do, I buy a lot of books from them, I do know that they only post the date of the latest edition of a book. In this case they simply have it as:
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press (30 Jun 1984)
Therefore, I'd think this is the only edition. At least it's the only one available from them. And, had the word gone into the text later then Amazon would only be listing the most recent publication date.
So, unless there's someone out there who as a copy, and can look its publication date, we may never know.

Dale Drinnon said...

Well, one way or another, somebody is simply going to have to look at a copy, otherwise it's just no good guessing. If there's not a renewed copyright on the book, they might simply be posting the original copyright date.