Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Sun Oct 24 04:27:30 UTC 2010

I withdraw my previous claim -- they are *strangely* bigoted.  (Even
without considering cake, my logic was incorrect, as I realized late

P.S.  Does snatching cake derive from Lewis Carroll?


At 10/23/2010 08:25 PM, Laurence Horn wrote:
>At 1:45 PM -0400 10/23/10, Joel S. Berson wrote:
>>At 10/23/2010 12:06 PM, Victor Steinbok wrote:
>>>  No, I meant that they are bigoted in a strange way.
>>>     VS-)
>>But bigotry against Jews is not strange -- that is, not "10. a.
>>Unfamiliar, abnormal, or exceptional to a degree that excites wonder
>>or astonishent; difficult to take in or account for; queer,
>>surprising, unaccountable."
>Bigotry against Jews on the grounds that we're known for swindling,
>cheapness, usury, nerdiness, incompetence at athletics,
>money-grubbing, "killing our Lord", and general untrustworthiness is
>not strange.  Bigotry against Jews on the grounds that we're
>inveterate cake snatchers is pretty strange.  Sounds like something
>invented by Steve Carell or his writers on The Office.
>The American Dialect Society -

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