Dennis R. Preston preston at MSU.EDU
Fri Feb 15 16:41:01 UTC 2008


I call your "screed" (which my Eudora likes) and "prescriptivists"
and raise you Eudora's rejection of "sociolingusitic(s)."


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>Poster:       Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU>
>Subject:      Re: heart-rendering
>At 7:50 AM -0800 2/15/08, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
>>In his prepared public statement on yesterday's campus shootings,
>>NIU President John Peters described the outpouring of public
>>sympathy as "renewing and heart-rendering."  He used the word
>>"heart-rendering" in this connection twice within one minute.
>>    This is the first time I've heard "heart-rendering" [sic] used as
>>a synomnym for "moving; heart-warming."
>>    JL
>You've been living a (perhaps enviably) sheltered life.  I'm quite
>sure I've heard it, and a rather substantial number of the 56,100 or
>so raw g-hits involve naive occurrences, as opposed to screeds by
>prescriptivists (some detailing with delightful gruesomeness what the
>process of rendering a heart would entail) that would presumably be
>unnecessary in the absence of other naive occurrences...
>LH, wondering why Eudora thinks I made up not only "prescriptivists"
>but "screed"
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Dennis R. Preston
University Distinguished Professor
Department of English
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Michigan State University
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