Nobody's Perfect Dept.

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Sun Dec 17 05:12:18 UTC 2006

On 12/16/06, Alison Murie <sagehen at> wrote:
> >Lighter,
> >
> >Knock off the gratuitous vulgarity.  It demeans us all.  It's almost
> >bullyish
>  >Tom Zurinskas, USA - CT20, TN3, NJ33, FL4+
>  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> "Bullyish"?  Um, would that be anything like the rather hectoring tone of
> posts which instruct us in the true sounds of AE and the one & only correct
> way of hearing, saying and spelling our common language (not to mention
> what definitions & forms  the elements of our vocabulary are allowed to
> take)?
> Just out of curiosity, do you feel that good manners permits you or anyone
> to tell others to mind their manners?

And whatever happened to the promise that we'd only have to put up
with this shite once per week?

The American Dialect Society -

More information about the Ads-l mailing list