disameliorative effect of euphemisms

Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Thu Mar 1 13:01:42 UTC 2001

>>>Oooops! Looks like since I'm Hungarian my vowol hormono caught up
>>>with me. Of course I meant "philological."

dInIs (aka Denes)

>>>The name change has surely nothing at all to do with the invention.
>>>The descendents of the illustrious George Philip Krapp of US
>>>pholological fame have also switched monikers, and, so far as I
>>>know, Krapp and toilets were never associated. Surely Krapp and
>>>crap are enough to do the trick.
>>>Consider inoffensive, eponymous Thomas Crapper.
>>Yes. I used to know David Crapper, a great-grandson (I believe) of
>>Thomas, at the same illustrious academic institution Lynne Murcphy is
>>at, and recall him saying that when he got married he would take on
>>his wife's name. I always thought it was ironic, to be so successful
>>in inventing something that your descendants have to change their
>>name to avoid their association with your eponymous success.
>>Tony Glaser
>Dennis R. Preston
>Department of Linguistics and Languages
>Michigan State University
>East Lansing MI 48824-1027 USA
>preston at pilot.msu.edu
>Office: (517)353-0740
>Fax: (517)432-2736

Dennis R. Preston
Department of Linguistics and Languages
Michigan State University
East Lansing MI 48824-1027 USA
preston at pilot.msu.edu
Office: (517)353-0740
Fax: (517)432-2736

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