in a position; holy crapsticks

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Sun Dec 16 19:41:03 UTC 2007

"Bad" theoretically subsumes these specific possibilities, but Doug's suggestion could contribute to the phenomenon of deletion.

  To attempt to answer my own question, my guess is "no later than the Reagan Years, with the Carter Years a real possibility."  At least that'[s when I first noticed "We have a situation."


"Douglas G. Wilson" <douglas at NB.NET> wrote:
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>At what point in our history, I wonder, did the cultural expectation
>that any circumstance is most likely to be bad become entrenched in
>our very grammar?

Perhaps what is deleted is not "bad" but something else (which has
some reason to be deleted)? Maybe "shitty", or "f*cked-up", or ....

Hard to tell ... since it's been, uh, redacted. (^_^)

-- Doug Wilson

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