[Ads-l] “generic descriptive terms”

Joel Berson berson at ATT.NET
Fri May 8 16:20:04 UTC 2015


I think human children and their parents in this part of the country would be quite pleased about losing eastern equine encephalitis.
Joel

      From: Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM>
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 Sent: Friday, May 8, 2015 11:54 AM
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That's too bad. I've always felt a little frisson of pride upon hearing a
mention of "St. Louis encephalitis" or of "Texas fever" on, e.g. Mystery
Diagnosis, especially since "Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome" is
referred to as simply "MERS."

I wonder how horses in this part of the country are going to feel about
losing "eastern equine encephalitis"?

On Fri, May 8, 2015 at 10:34 AM, Dan Goncharoff <thegonch at gmail.com> wrote:

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