Banning Cassell's hpst at EARTHLINK.NET
Fri Jun 23 14:41:43 UTC 2006


I am absolutely certain :-) that I never heard or used any dirty word in my
youth until I learned that it existed in a dictionary.

There was one dirty which I was warned never to use,

It was "evolution" and I was told that if I ever thought about using it my
soul would be condemned to everlasting torment.

Page Stephens

> [Original Message]
> From: Benjamin Zimmer <bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU>
> Date: 6/23/2006 10:01:33 AM
> Subject: [ADS-L] Banning Cassell's
> In Wake County, NC, a local Christian activist group and some parents
> have challenged the school district's use of five books -- including
> Cassell's Dictionary of Slang.
> The news has traveled back to the UK:
> But I think the Guardian errs in saying that the school district has
> "banned" Cassell's, since at this point it has only been challenged.
> Seems like a ban might be forthcoming, though.
> In any case, it's pretty good publicity for the revised edition, eh
> --Ben Zimmer
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