DOTI (downgrading of text initialisms)

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sun Nov 28 21:45:34 UTC 2010

At 1:30 PM -0800 11/28/10, Benjamin Barrett wrote:
>I was trying to avoid the words "phony" and "superficial," but
>that's how I felt about a large percentage of the Californians I met
>when I lived there. It is just a different social system, though one
>I will never be comfortable with. BB

Hey!  Would Cass Elliott lie?

I used to live in New York City
Every thing there was dark and dirty
Outside my window was a steeple
With a clock that always said 12:30

Young girls are coming to the canyon
And in the morning I can see them walking
I can no longer keep my blinds drawn
And I can't keep myself from talking.

At first so strange to feel so friendly
*To say good morning and really mean it*
To feel these changes happening in me
But not to notice till I feel it.

(The Mamas and the Papas, "Twelve-Thirty", emphasis added)

Of course the "I" isn't an Angeleno herself, so maybe she was just
misled by the nice weather.


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