Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Jul 3 09:58:49 UTC 2001

At 9:53 PM +0100 7/3/01, Lynne Murphy wrote:
>The person who posted this to Bethany should be excluded from the list,
>since he is not adhering to its terms, and his harassing behavior should be
>reported to his ISP.

On a closer look, it's fairly clear from the context that Mr.
Annotico is not currently a subscriber to our list, and that he was
instead forwarded a paraphrase of the ads-l exchange by a member of
the list.  He seems to be unaware, inter alia, that ads-l is not a
bulletin board, and that Bethany is hardly responsible for the typo
in the message to which she was writing a comeback.  So I'm afraid
that much as we may wish to remove Mr. Annotico from the list, this
would be an impossibility.


>--On Tuesday, July 3, 2001 4:06 pm -0400 "Bethany K. Dumas"
><dumasb at UTKUX.UTCC.UTK.EDU> wrote:
>>I want to be certain that everyone on the list gets to enjoy the
>>high intellectual content of the private message I just received.
>>---------- Forwarded message ----------
>>Date: Tue, 03 Jul 2001 14:48:01 -0400 (EDT)
>>From: Trimtantre at
>>To: dumasb at
>>Subject: For : Bethany Dumb Ass
>>Bethany K. Dumas"  <dumasb at UTKUX.UTCC.UTK.EDU> writes
>>on the ADS (American Dialect Society) listerv.:
>>Question: What do you call those vertical entities (some are very
>>heavy-duty - for moving refrigeraors and such) that allow you to move
>>heavy loads easily?
>>Answer: Italians.
>>My Question : What do you call a Bethany who is a Bigot?
>>Answer: A  "Dumas"!  Pronounced "Dumb Ass"
>>Richard Annotico
>>trimtantre at
>>PS. To those dozens I have blind copied, please excuse my resorting to
>>rather idiotmatic semiotics.
>>And yes, idiomatic was purposely "modified" to better suit the
>>And I will not mention that Bethany needs to learn how to spell
>>Perhaps, if that word is too polysyllabic, she might try "ice box" or
>>Is this Bethany person of that "ilk" belong on a presumably "intellectual"
>>Board, and why would the Board permit such a "posting"?
>>Perhaps, this is another example that "education" does not necessarily
>>make one wiser, and certainly not more "civilized".
>M Lynne Murphy
>Lecturer in Linguistics
>School of Cognitive and Computing Sciences
>University of Sussex
>Brighton BN1 9QH
>phone +44-(0)1273-678844
>fax   +44-(0)1273-671320

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