[Ads-l] sexist "crazy"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri Mar 25 15:27:19 UTC 2016


> On Mar 25, 2016, at 6:55 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
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> A related development:
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> Ted Cruz has called Donald Trump "petty" and "small" for his brainless
> attack on Mrs. Cruz.  He also said that Trump's nomination would be "a gift
> wrapped in a pink little ribbon for the Democratic party."
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> In discussing these remarks, MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace (who used to work for
> George W. Bush) asserted that there were "Lots of [gender-]coded words in
> here: 'small,' 'petty,' 'pink.'"
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> Since the Democrat Trump would supposedly be the biggest "gift" to would be
> Hillary Clinton, "pink" might be described as "coded" for gender, though
> I'm not sure why that would be significant in this case.
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> What is more interesting, however, is how on earth "small" and "petty" are
> "coded words" for anything, particularly when directed at Donald Trump.
> 
> JL

It's the fingers, and all they may or not signify.  In fact, putting aside the thumb, the others have taken on the characterization of "petty fours".

LH


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> On Fri, Mar 25, 2016 at 3:15 AM, Arnold M. Zwicky <zwicky at stanford.edu>
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>>> On Mar 24, 2016, at 11:52 PM, Mark Mandel <thnidu at gmail.com> wrote:
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>>> Hey, Arnold, a terminological question: what's wrong with "restrictive"
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>>> "nonrestrictive"?
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>> the terminology is traditional, and it's not evil, but people tend to have
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>> trouble using it appropriately. so some people in the syntax business have
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>> proposed other terminology.
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>> arnold
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