[Ads-l] Where are the PC police?

Jim Parish jparish at SIUE.EDU
Sat Sep 17 19:34:57 EDT 2016


The Turtles released a song by that title in 1967. (It's not one of 
their better songs....)

Jim Parish

On 9/17/2016 6:32 PM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
> In the year 1968 I purchased, in NYC, a novelty button that read, "CHICKEN
> LITTLE WAS RIGHT."
>
> It has served me well ever since.
>
> On Sat, Sep 17, 2016 at 7:00 PM, Robin Hamilton <
> robin.hamilton3 at virginmedia.com> wrote:
>
>> It's worse than that, even, Wilson, since there's a degree of
>> gender-bending
>> involved in making the protagonist male:
>>
>> I quote myself from some long-ago notes:
>>
>> <<   The second version of the narrative to be written down [the earliest
>> version is Scots, and begins with a hen], with the initial figure now a
>> younger
>> barnyard fowl named Chicken Licken, was that of James Orchard
>> Halliwell-Philips
>> (as he was finally known by the end of his life), Shakespearean scholar,
>> and
>> anthologist of nursery rhymes and folk tales. Halliwell-Philips introduces
>> Chicken Licken in his 1849 anthology. It is here for the first time that
>> the
>> protagonist is named Chicken Licken, while it is now an acorn [not a pea,
>> as in
>> the earlier Scottish version] which falls on the creature’s head:
>>
>> “As Chicken-Licken went one day to the wood, an acorn fell upon her poor
>> bald
>> pate, and she thought the sky had fallen. So she said she would go and
>> tell the
>> king that the sky had fallen …”
>>
>> This was the version which was to dominate the British strand of the
>> tale.   >>
>>
>> Or so I once seem to have averred.
>>
>> As to why she's called Chicken Little in America ... well, children, that's
>> another story.
>>
>> Robin Hamilton
>>
>>
>>>      On 17 September 2016 at 20:44 Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
>>>
>>>
>>>      Chicken Little (2005) - IMDb
>>>      www.imdb.com/title/tt0371606/
>>>      IMDb
>>>      Rating: 5.8/10 - ‎64,469 votes
>>>      Animation · After ruining _his_ reputation with the town, a
>> courageous
>>>      _chicken_ must come to the rescue of _his_ fellow citizens when
>> aliens
>>>      start an invasion.
>>>
>>>
>>>      When did chickens - not to mention honeybees, wasps, hornets, cows,
>> etc. -
>>>      become *male*? No less a light than Seth MacFarlane has even
>> portrayed
>>>      bulls as having udders.
>>>
>>>      Is it becoming the case that, in English, _male_ v. _female_ is
>> relevant
>>>      only WRT personkind?
>>>
>>>      --
>>>      -Wilson
>>>      -----
>>>      All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint
>> to
>>>      come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
>>>      -Mark Twain
>>>
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