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

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Wed Nov 7 14:20:04 EST 2018


Then there's "can do" and "no can do," also from Anglo-Chinese pidgin.

Not to be confused with non-pidgin "gung ho."

JL

On Tue, Nov 6, 2018 at 1:45 PM Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu> wrote:

> 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:
> >
> > CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED
> >
> > Until today, I had no idea that the subject phrase was microagressive.
> >
> >
> http://reason.com/blog/2018/11/06/long-time-no-see-is-considered-offensive
> >
> > OED has 1894.
> >
> > Carson City NV _Carson Daily Appeal_ 16 Aug 1878 p 4 col 2
> > " "Long time no see him," says the noble red man."
> >
> > 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."
> >
> > _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."
> >
> > CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED
> >
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