Extension of Tourette's

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sun Apr 6 15:28:29 UTC 2008

As far back as the early 'Seventies, I heard (post)graduate students
refer to braces as "curly brackets." At that tim,e, I feared for the
future of the English language. A great weight has been lifted from my

Thank you, Benjamin.


On Sat, Apr 5, 2008 at 7:43 PM, Benjamin Barrett <gogaku at ix.netcom.com> wrote:
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>  Subject:      Extension of Tourette's
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>  In an interview of Chris Rock by Ed Condran in the Seattle Times (NW
>  Ticket & Movie Times, 4-10 April 2008), Rock uses the terms "a mild
>  form of Tourette's" and "comedic Tourette's".
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>  Q: You have a great way of saying anything. Where did you learn that?
>  A: I don't know. It's a mild form of Tourette's. I remember about a
>  year and a half ago. {sic} I went to a a Mets game. I was talking to
>  [Mets manager] Willie Randolph. The lineup is being made. I look at
>  the lineup. I see Moises Alou and Shawn Green. I say, 'What is this,
>  the '89 All-Star game?'
>  Q: What did Willie say?
>  A: He laughed. But it's comedic Tourette's. Sometimes it might be best
>  if I keep my mouth shut.
>  -----
>  I wonder if the connection between Rock's comment to Randolph and
>  Tourette's is that Rock is "bad mouthing."
>  The brackets are in the source, the braces are mine. BB
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