[Ads-l] odd use of "civilian"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Nov 3 01:07:01 UTC 2015

> On Nov 2, 2015, at 6:38 PM, Dave Hause <dwhause at CABLEMO.NET> wrote:
> "Odd" - sort of, to me, but not new.  My NOAD, 2nd ed., says roughly, 'not a member of military or police.'  My long term employment history went Army - police - Army and I think of civilian as only "not military."  But my usage sense for others is, "not one of us" however "us" is defined.

Sort of like "gentile", mutatis mutandis.

> Dave Hause, dwhause at cablemo.net
> Waynesville, MO
> -----Original Message----- From: James A. Landau
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