At least by anecdote, they are less common now in an era hyperconscious of harassment.
Dobbs was unavailable for comment, his spokesman said, but Labe confirmed the anecdote.
“I was not offended by it,” Logan recalls, in an interview Monday night, confirming the anecdote.
1670s, "secret or private stories," from French anecdote (17c.) or directly from Greek anekdota "things unpublished," neuter plural of anekdotos, from an- "not" (see an-) + ekdotos "published," from ek- "out" + didonai "to give" (see date (n.1)).
Procopius' 6c. Anecdota, unpublished memoirs of Emperor Justinian full of court gossip, gave the word a sense of "revelation of secrets," which decayed in English to "brief, amusing stories" (1761).