Littleton/Columbine vs. Mi Lai, David Barnhart, and t-shirts

Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Sun Dec 19 16:43:34 UTC 1999

Well, we have heard these sorts of arguments before. Toponyms are OK "in
their place" indeed! I stand by my accusation.

dInIs (on guard for the rights of words)

>Dennis, and all others who are not aware of my background, I was a
>geography major in college and am an avid proponent of toponyms (in
>their place).  I do not think that we are so short of other possible
>terms (non-toponymic) that we need resort to onomastomania.  Perhaps
>"toponymy of the year" is better left to our sister organization--The
>American Names Society.  And for what it's worth, I feel no shame for
>this position.
>David K. Barnhart
>barnhart at

Dennis R. Preston
Department of Linguistics and Languages
Michigan State University
East Lansing MI 48824-1027 USA
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