[Ads-l] Long Time No See (UNCLASSIFIED)

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Nov 6 13:45:28 EST 2018


Interestingly, it is declared in passing that “y’all” as a second person plural is “ungrammatical” (as opposed to “you guys”).  Wonder how they discovered that, but it must be correct, since the journal in question is “Reason”, after all (“free minds and free markets”).

LH

> On Nov 6, 2018, at 1:28 PM, MULLINS, WILLIAM D (Bill) CIV USARMY RDECOM AMRDEC (USA) <william.d.mullins18.civ at MAIL.MIL> wrote:
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> CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED
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> Until today, I had no idea that the subject phrase was microagressive.
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> http://reason.com/blog/2018/11/06/long-time-no-see-is-considered-offensive
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> OED has 1894.
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> Carson City NV _Carson Daily Appeal_ 16 Aug 1878 p 4 col 2
> " "Long time no see him," says the noble red man."
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> Cleveland OH _Plain Dealer_ 26 Jan 1892 p 14 col 5
> ""I think I go see my mamma today.  Long time no see," answered Mamie, who from constant association had, like the other girls of the neighborhood, fallen into the habit of talking pigeon English to the Chinamen."
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> _San Francisco Chronicle_ 11 Jun 1892 p 8 col 4 [classified ad]
> "MAJOR -- WHERE DO YOU KEEP YOUR-
> self?  Long time no see you. HONG KONG."
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