Why we should ignore Tom Zurinskas

Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Sun May 4 19:24:24 UTC 2008

(This is a slightly expanded repost of a message I sent in the thread
on "the long vowels as monophthongs". I think it will be of value to
those listmembers who still believe that Mr. Z. can be educated.)

Mr. Zurinskas has been peddling his wacko ideas for at least twenty
years and is proud of his ignorance -- or, as I suppose he thinks of
it, his refusal to compromise his God-given instinct by listening to
anyone who knows anything about the subject. This includes not taking
classes, not reading books or articles, and, of course, brushing off
anything said to him here that conflicts with his notions. Nothing we
can say will sway such deep-rooted obtuseness. Save your breath, save
your fingertips, save your electrons, time, and energy and put him on
your kill list.

Of course, that won't help if you get the digest version. That was my
single most compelling reason for switching my subscription.

Mark A. Mandel

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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