[Ads-l] Singular they is Web of Language Word of the Year

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sat Nov 21 03:43:15 UTC 2015

On Fri, Nov 20, 2015 at 1:46 PM, Geoffrey Nunberg <
nunberg at ischool.berkeley.edu> wrote:

> cissy

Is this "cissy" the _cissy_ of the name of the instrumentals by The Meters,
the "Cissy Strut" and "Sophisticated Cissy"?


Here, "cissy" is a P.C.-like re-spelling of BE "sissy" = "fag." The
"sophisticated sissy" is the name of a popular dance that, IME in L.A.,
preceded the composition of the music. Sometimes, a dance inspires the
composition of a song; sometimes, a song motivates the invention of a dance.

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