[Ads-l] cis/cissy

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sat Nov 21 13:30:26 UTC 2015


This is called "The Miracle of Language."

If you believe in miracles.

JL

On Sat, Nov 21, 2015 at 1:24 AM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:

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> On Sat, Nov 21, 2015 at 12:14 AM, Geoffrey Nunberg <
> nunberg at ischool.berkeley.edu> wrote:
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> > cissy
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> I would have made the connection immediately, had I not had the BE "sissy >
> cissy" equation in my mind for the past half-century.
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> It's impressive that this problem has been eliminated from society with a
> few, simple additions to the  vocabulary, just as easily and simply as the
> addition of "African-American" and "n-word" has ended all traces of racism
> and the replacement "Jew" by "Jewish" has eliminated anti-Semitism.
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> Who knew that the solution would be hidden in plain sight in Whorfism!
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