Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Wed Apr 6 15:32:17 UTC 2005



"Mullins, Bill" <Bill.Mullins at US.ARMY.MIL> wrote:
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Sender: American Dialect Society
Poster: "Mullins, Bill"
Subject: Re: Hooplehead

Is this the "taint meat"? As in, "taint pussy, taint asshole".

> -----Original Message-----
> From: American Dialect Society
> [mailto:ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On Behalf Of Laurence Horn
> Sent: Wednesday, April 06, 2005 9:43 AM
> Subject: Re: Hooplehead
> At 8:58 AM -0400 4/6/05, Orion Montoya wrote:
> >
> >I was surprised to hear anatomical "taint" the other night, in a
> >discussion of the best way to remove Swearengen's bladder stone. I
> >don't see this taint in the list archives.
> >
> Not even under the _'taint_ spelling? It does seem like a
> candidate for the relevant not yet appeared HDAS P-Z volume.
> As a neo-Aristotelian, I like such concepts defined in terms
> of an unexcluded middle. (And then there's Sapir's notion of
> a "zone of indifference" between two more salient extremes.)
> Much more compositional than the boring old "perineum".
> Larry

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