Lesbos Lite

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Thu May 1 16:54:47 UTC 2008

At 5/1/2008 09:14 AM, Joanne M. Despres wrote:
>Here is one suggestion:  hire a linguist for a very steep fee and
>have him or her read the definition of "polysemy" in court.

OED2's definition is quite short and recitable:  "The fact of having
several meanings; the possession of multiple meanings."  But of
course if he or she were a poststructuralist, he or she would gag on
the second word.

Perhaps the people of the island should begin to call themselves
"Lesbonians", or "Lesbonese"?


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