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Grant Barrett gbarrett at WORLDNEWYORK.ORG
Wed Sep 26 16:33:05 UTC 2001

On 9/25/01 20:16, "Barnhart" <ADS-L at HIGHLANDS.COM> wrote:

> Dear Allan and the rest of the list,
> My wife, Hollis, was wearing her spectacular ADS shirt at a Celtic Day
> festival last weekend when a phonology teacher at SUNY New Paltz
> engaged her in a conversation about the ADS.  She had NEVER heard of
> it.  How could this be?  Don't instructors tell their students about
> professional societies?

As a student I'll respond by saying that I recently gave a short oral
presentation on a French conversation class about the curious pleonasm of
"loup-garou" and much of the class hadn't heard of the OED and wasn't quite
sure what etymology was. Still more were surprised to find that there is
actually a difference between dictionaries; I suppose they had been
wandering their whole short lives why there were so many dictionaries
republishing identical material.

Some had read "The Madman and the Professor," which I guess is not a bad way
to get people interested in the whole realm of words, dictionaries and
language in general. I suspect we need our own madman to write about (now,
be nice...).


Grant Barrett
gbarrett at
New York Loves You Back

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