[Ads-l] "man" avoidance

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Mon Sep 26 08:17:23 EDT 2016


Part of the weirdness of "people" in this context is that the article is
focused almost entirely on the pilots.

So it would have been clearer and better (IMO) to have said (e.g.), "about
a hundred pilots and some two hundred medical and support personnel,
including two female nurses."

TMI? I don't think so. None of this information is common knowledge. That
makes it interesting.

JL



On Mon, Sep 26, 2016 at 3:59 AM, Robin Hamilton <
robin.hamilton3 at virginmedia.com> wrote:

> ... to add to the [current] confusion, you'all still stick to letter and
> folio
> sizes [as in England in 1700], while the rest of the world has sensibly
> moved on
> to the A0-A6 fold-it-in-half-and-it's-exactly-half-size version of paper.
>
> Not to speak of the old style/new style dating that's an issue at this
> point in
> time, around 1700 ...  Fortunately, the Norris murder happened during the
> summer
> months.
>
> Back to the Norris Murder.  It's like watching a slow-motion train-wreck
> -- it's
> perfectly bloody obvious that the Dutch innkeeper and his wife were
> innocent,
> and it's equally obvious, even without the benefit of
> three-hundred-years-later-we-know-the-end-already hindsight, that they're
> going
> to swing.
>
> What is *really* unnerving is watching the Establishment Machine swing into
> action to revise the narrative and ensure their conviction.  I used to
> admire
> Elizabeth Mallet, who was a fairly feisty lady, and still do admire her
> deceased
> husband David, but jeezus, in this case ... Talk about selling out.
>
> All of which is why I screamed with delight when Flourish brought up the
> issue
> of erasure (in its non-Derridan sense).
>
> Justice for the Van Burghs! (even if it *is* 300 years too late)
>
> Robin
>
> > On 26 September 2016 at 07:49 Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> >
> >     On Mon, Sep 26, 2016 at 1:50 AM, Robin Hamilton
> > <robin.hamilton3 at virginmedia.com mailto:robin.hamilton3 at virginmedia.com
> >
> > wrote:
> >
> >         > >         1 sheet ([2]p.
> > >
> > >     >
> >     Apparently, that's not Empire-wide. When I was in grad school in the
> > '70's, an Aussie classmate was sneeringly surprised to discover that,
> here in
> > The World, one side of a sheet of paper is regarded as equal to one
> page, so
> > that, e.g. a "25-page paper due over the weekend" consists of a mere 25
> > *sides* and not of an actual 25 *pages* and is, therefore, nothing to
> worry
> > about before Sunday night.
> >
> >
> >     --
> >     -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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