antedate for 'taboo', "linguistic prohibition"

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Sat Sep 29 15:52:48 UTC 2007

You misundercomprehend me, Ben. I spoke figuratively, like poetry talk but in a humor way.


Benjamin Zimmer <bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU> wrote:
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Subject: Re: antedate for 'taboo', "linguistic prohibition"

On 9/29/07, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
> As late as 1959 or 1960 I read or was told that "The United States is..." was "incorrect."
> But not even I fell for that one.
> The controversy was a well-known cause of the Civil War.

Uh, yeah, well...

--Ben Zimmer

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