Dear Funknetters

Anthony Aristar aristar at LINGUISTLIST.ORG
Mon Jan 24 20:15:07 UTC 2000

My mind is spinning.  What just went by me?  Is this an apology or the
first round in a new flame-war?

Ah, well.  I'll just leave it up to the discourse analysts among us to


>From: Diego Quesada <dquesada at>
>Subject:      Dear Funknetters
>In-Reply-To:  <388C59BE.63C5 at>
>I wish to apologize for having used the list for a purpose other than
>linguistic discussions, especially if that hurt some list members'
>sensibilities (sensibilities that, I must say, I have not encountered
>elsewhere). Perhaps naively, I thought that since the forwarded menssage
>was a matter of volunteering a signature, those who wanted to sign would
>simply sign and those who did not would not, and life would go on,
>period. Well, it was not like that. Hence my apologies to all colleagues,
>especially those who in a civilized way (both on line and off-list) made
>me realize that it is not funknetly correct to do what I did.
>Needless to say, excluded from my apology are those cavemen ractions
>and their embodiments, which a. leave much to be desired both in
>terms of manners as well as in terms of intellectual endowment; b. show
>how certain (animate) creatures that have names can live up to them;
>c. provide living evidence for a Spanish saying that roughly translates
>into English as
>                "Show me your way of talk and I will tell your brain"
>        Dogs (especially strays) generally bark at the unknown out of fear
>of it; that is their way of acknowledging and channelling it. It's their
>nature; it cannot be changed.
>Once more, my sincere and civilized apologies,
>J. Diego Quesada
>University of Toronto
>P.S.    I am repeating a message sent to me via FUNKNET; out of respect to
>        the list members I do not repeat one received off-list.
>On Mon, 24 Jan 2000, Noel Rude wrote:
>> SIR:
>>         Stop this junk email!!!  Many, many, many of our countrymen have bled
>> and died fighting the menace of marx--several of our tribesmen even
>> fought in Siberia during the Bolshevist terror.  The irony of it all:
>> This little Spanish judge trying to extradite President Pinochet the
>> very day that Dictator Castrito was was in Spain!!!
>>         Noel

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