Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri Feb 15 16:59:18 UTC 2008

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

Even if you spell it in the old-fashioned way?  (that "lingusitic" is
one I often manage myself, even without the "socio-" prefix)


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>>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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