For : Bethany Dumb Ass (fwd)

Bethany K. Dumas dumasb at UTKUX.UTCC.UTK.EDU
Wed Jul 4 18:40:02 UTC 2001

I am going to forward to the list every message of this type that I get.
We need to share the wealth, I think. But I am not (with one
exception) replying to any of these ill-informed idiots. All this is
serving one useful purpose - it underscores the enormously important role
of context in communication.


---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Wed, 04 Jul 2001 11:07:19 -0700
From: Joseph Balletta <balletta at>
To: Trimtantre at
Cc: dumasb at
Subject: Re: For : Bethany Dumb Ass

I agree education doesn't make one free of there bigotries, that is
formal education,because formal education is still steeped in racial
    However, when one has the opportunity to read what they want in a
more generalist fashion, there education becomes more well- rounded.

    Specialization doesn't make for Renaissance individualists.

Formal education is usually geared to fit someone into the market place
and doesn't make one a scholar!

    Out of
 all the things one can say about Italians the fact that this
"individual" has made a joke in absolutely vile taste(NonTaste)
indicates that she is tasteless  and usually tasteless people can be
mean as well(that is small).

     Maybe, Mrs Ebenezer Scrooge will see the light yet?

                              balletta at

Trimtantre at wrote:
> 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"
> Regards,
> 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 circumstances.
> And I will not mention that Bethany needs to learn how to spell
> "refrigerator".
> Perhaps, if that word is too polysyllabic, she might try "ice box" or
> "cooler".
> Is this Bethany person of that "ilk" belong on a presumably "intellectual"
> Bulletin
> 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".

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