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Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Fri Jul 13 22:42:15 UTC 2001

An empirical question, which I nevertheless take great issue with
without empirical support. Do you mean 1 in 10 PhD's in lit crit (or
"culture studies")? Maybe. If you mean 1 in 10 of the person-on-the
street you are of by 1,000s (not even 100s), IMHO. (And I talk to a
helluva lot more of the POS types than I do the LitCrit-CultStud
types - makes for better linguistics, you know.)


>On Fri, 13 Jul 2001 Mark_Mandel at DRAGONSYS.COM wrote:
>>  I assume you're talking about the phonological equivalence "KWIM" = /kwIm/
>>  = "quim" 'vulva'. "Quim" is obsolete; I'd bet not one American in a
>>  thousand knows it. (Obviously the logophilous readership of ADS-L is not a
>>  representative sample.)
>Oh, recalling my college days in the 80s and the corresponding gutter
>humor, I'd wager far more people than .1% are cognizant of it-- I'd bet
>one in 10, even.
>Please note my *new* email address: stevekl at panix.com -- you can start
>using it now. (Note the letter l -- it's stevekl). I'll be unsubbing from
>shore.net toward the end of the summer.

Dennis R. Preston
Department of Linguistics and Languages
Michigan State University
East Lansing MI 48824-1027 USA
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