Why we should ignore Tom Zurinskas

Tom Zurinskas truespel at HOTMAIL.COM
Mon May 5 01:23:35 UTC 2008

Basically, I offered vocal proof that all long vowels are not diphthongs as Mark Mandel claims.  I can't possibly believe that anyone believes him.  And now we get this unabashed personal trashing.  For shame. shame shame.

Someone teach this guy how to send us voice files so we can hear examples of his long vowels as diphthongs.

Tom Zurinskas, USA - CT20, TN3, NJ33, FL5+
See truespel.com - and the 4 truespel books plus "Occasional Poems" at authorhouse.com.

> Date: Sun, 4 May 2008 15:24:24 -0400
> From: thnidu at GMAIL.COM
> Subject: Why we should ignore Tom Zurinskas
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> Sender: American Dialect Society
> Poster: Mark Mandel
> Subject: Why we should ignore Tom Zurinskas
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> (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
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