don rumfeld's colloquial language

Alice Faber faber at HASKINS.YALE.EDU
Thu May 9 03:54:54 UTC 2002

On Wed, 8 May 2002, Duane Campbell wrote:

> On Wed, 8 May 2002 14:38:07 -0400 Grant Barrett
> > That's why it's interesting. My impression is that his "oh my
> > goodness"
> > public persona is a polite cover for scorching hot cursing in
> > private.
> Now THAT's interesting. If you have never heard someone curse, that is an
> indication that they are heavy users of profanity? I'm gonna have to
> think about that.

Well, there's not cursing and there's not cursing. Someone who habitually
uses replacement cursing ("he's a flipping idiot", for instance) may well
be utilizing simple substitution algorithms, whereas someone else may be
avoiding the sentiment and not just the lexemes.


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