[Ads-l] ancestor

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Tue Aug 29 03:06:16 EDT 2017


Another "ancestor"/"descendant" mixup...

https://headsuptheblog.blogspot.com/2017/08/its-bigger-on-inside.html

FOX News headline originally said "Robert E. Lee ancestor introduces
Heyer's mom." It's been fixed, though the original lives on in the URL.

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2017/08/28/civil-war-gen-lees-ancestor-introduces-heather-heyers-mom-at-vmas.html


On Sat, Nov 26, 2016 at 7:37 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
wrote:

> Here's a good one. Note academic context:
>
> "Bynum, a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at Texas State
> University, presents her history as a more objective examination in
> contrast with the histories of Knight and Jones County perpetuated by
> Newt’s ancestors. In 1935, Newt’s estranged son Tom sought to rehabilitate
> his late father’s reputation by depicting Newt as a Robin Hood figure
> championing the rights of common people against the exploitation of the
> slave-owning planters...."
>
> http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/163183
>
> JL
>
>
> On Thu, Jun 25, 2015 at 9:40 AM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
> wrote:
>
> >
> > > On Jun 24, 2015, at 10:35 PM, Joel Berson <berson at att.net> wrote:
> > >
> > > Don't need all that sci-fi, Larry.  Our ancestors are on high, looking
> > down at us and after our best interests.
> >
> >
> > What can I say?  One man's looking-down-from-on-high is another man's
> > sci-fi.
> >
> > LH
> >
> > >  And all others -- that is, those not our ancestors -- will not know
> > or care about us.  Natch.
> > >
> > > Joel
> > >
> > > From: Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU>
> > > To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU=20
> > > Sent: Wednesday, June 24, 2015 9:11 PM
> > > Subject: Re: [ADS-L] ancestor
> > >
> > >> On Jun 24, 2015, at 9:02 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> > >>
> > >> On Mon, Jun 22, 2015 at 5:46 PM, Jonathan Lighter <
> wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
> > >> wrote:
> > >>
> > >>> "Nobody will really know about us when we're gone, either, except
> > >>> for our own ancestors."
> > >>>
> > >>
> > >> Whoa! Faked me right out of my shoes! Total discombobulation. Thought
> > >> that I'd been koan-ed, for a moment. Before I could stop myself, I
> began
> > >> to ponder.
> > >>
> > > Well, our ancestors have been traveling into the future to keep track
> > of how their DNA is doing, while our descendants are too busy with their
> > social media and smart phone apps and hi-tech gaming to care about
> > anything else.
>
>

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