Bespoke? I beseech thee!
James Kilpatrick, are you reading?
Normally, I wouldn't ask, but this is just such a coincidence.
I had never before heard of "bespoke suits" until I read a New York Times article about lexicographers. I blogged about it March 28.
And at the end of Kilpatrick's most recent language column, on neologisms, he writes:
What is a "bespoke suit"? Last month another Times critic, Michiko Kakutani, reviewed Michael Rips' autobiographical "Face of a Naked Lady." The author's father was "the well-to-do owner of an optical factory, an executive who wore bespoke suits and perfectly starched suits." A bespoke suit is a tailor-made affair, custom-made. The adjective dates from 1607, the same year I landed at Jamestown, in a mail-order suit from Land's End.