NB: "Notes" are driving me nuts
October 7, 2010 1:54 PM Subscribe
Where did the terms "note" and "notes," meaning "critique" come from? When did this usage become widespread?
posted by ethnomethodologist to Writing & Language (28 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I can honestly not recall hearing these words used this way until the last, oh, three years. Now the judges on American Idol and Top Chef give "notes"; Brian on Family Guy tells another character that he's "not looking for notes" after he describes his book's plot... I can probably think of a lot of other examples but the thing is that I'd never heard the expression before fairly recently. Have I never noticed this before or is this really a recent phenomenon?