[Ads-l] "No Irish need apply" (UNCLASSIFIED)

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Wed Aug 5 16:28:48 UTC 2015


Or perhaps this explains why the signs read "No Irish need apply" rather than "Irish need not apply", which I concede more easily allows the alternate 'free-ride' construal.  Alternate theory:  the former version provides "NINA" as a felicitous acronym, as we have seen, while the latter would yield "INNA", which would inevitably remind (some of) us of Iron Butterfly.  

LH

> On Aug 5, 2015, at 10:19 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
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>>  Or maybe potential Irish employees didn't *need* to apply, since they =
> would be handed jobs upon request.
> 
> That *would* deconstruct the entire argument.  Take that, young teen!  The
> endless play of NINA signs is what really counts.
> 
> JL
> 
> On Tue, Aug 4, 2015 at 9:13 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
> wrote:
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>> Subject:      Re: "No Irish need apply" (UNCLASSIFIED)
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>>> On Aug 4, 2015, at 1:20 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM> =
>> wrote:
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>>> Presumably an exhaustive search for the phrase "No Irish" would =
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>>> additional relevant examples.
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>>> For bigoted employers in cities with large Irish populations, where =
>> many
>>> Irish applicants might respond to an ad, such notices would only make
>>> sense.  Why encourage applicants who would automatically be turned =
>> away?
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>>> JL
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>> Or maybe potential Irish employees didn't *need* to apply, since they =
>> would be handed jobs upon request. =20
>> 
>> LH
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>>> On Tue, Aug 4, 2015 at 12:50 PM, Jonathan Lighter =
>> <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
>>> wrote:
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>>>> Subject:      Re: "No Irish need apply" (UNCLASSIFIED)
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>>>>> it is incredible that Jensen continues to denigrate her findings
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>>>> I detect unwarranted assumptions behind this statement - of exactly =
>> the
>>>> kind I used to make before I was wised up.
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>>>> JL
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>>>> On Tue, Aug 4, 2015 at 10:15 AM, Mullins, Bill CIV (US) <
>>>> william.d.mullins18.civ at mail.mil> wrote:
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>>>>> Subject:      Re: "No Irish need apply" (UNCLASSIFIED)
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>>>>> I contacted Ms. Fried and she sent me a link to an accessible copy =
>> of her
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>>>>> rticle.  It is very nicely done, and it is incredible that Jensen
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>>>>> to denigrate her findings:
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>>>>>> Jensen's original article is available here:
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>>>>>> I can't find Fried's rebuttal article, except behind a (rather
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>>>>>> (and, btw, Fried's title, "No Irish Need Deny", is great)
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>>>>>> Does anyone have contact info for Fried that I can ask her to send =
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>>>>>>> Slightly off-topic, but interesting: In 2002, a professor =
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>>>>>>> notices reading "No Irish need apply", and that the notion that =
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>>>>>> were thus discriminated against stemmed from a sense of
>>>>>>> victimhood among modern Irish-Americans.
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>>>>>> , there were many such notices. The student's article is appearing
>>>>>>> in a major journal.
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