James Harbeck jharbeck at SYMPATICO.CA
Thu Jan 31 04:42:21 UTC 2008

FWIW, I recall seeing a cartoon in a student newspaper -- ten years
ago? twenty? can't remember which university it was -- that showed
assorted slovenly miscreants scuffing about and spitting on the
sidewalk and so on, and it was captioned "classless soclety" -- and
it worked because the readers understood that "classless" was often
used to mean "lacking in 'class,'" i.e., what the U call "common." So
this usage has been around for a bit.

James Harbeck.

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