[Ads-l] unisex "Sir"

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Wed Nov 11 19:01:57 UTC 2015


> a way to indicate that the world of the series is more different from our
world than just having super-powered aliens running about in it.

You don't get any more different than that.  Anyway, the usage was
inconspicuous.

ISTR too that Marcy has been calling Patty "sir" for 40+ years.

But it used to be a joke. A joke!!!

JL



On Wed, Nov 11, 2015 at 12:47 PM, Jeff Prucher <
000000b93183dc86-dmarc-request at listserv.uga.edu> wrote:

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> > On Tuesday, November 10, 2015 7:40 PM, Jonathan Lighter <
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> > Supergirl, of course, takes place now, rather than in a sci-fi future.
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> > So I suspect the usage is more widespread.
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> Could well be, which would be pretty interesting. But if not, the SF angle
> shouldn't be discounted. The show is set in a sci-fi present, not the
> actual present. And the use of "sir" could simply be an estrangement tactic
> on the part of the writers -- a way to indicate that the world of the
> series is more different from our world than just having super-powered
> aliens running about in it.
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> Jeff
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> > JL
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> > On Tue, Nov 10, 2015 at 10:19 PM, W Brewer <brewerwa at gmail.com> wrote:
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