"bring it on!"

Sam Clements SClements at NEO.RR.COM
Sun Jun 15 00:54:30 UTC 2008

Your third choice would be to continue to post such requests to the list,
which IS the proper place to ask these.  And take away the input so gained.
And TRY to ignore the unintended gaffs/slights/etc. of the members of the

Sam Clements

----- Original Message -----
From: "Arnold M. Zwicky" <zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU>
Sent: Saturday, June 14, 2008 6:59 PM
Subject: Re: "bring it on!"

> On Jun 14, 2008, at 2:29 PM, Ben Zimmer wrote:
> quoting Wilson Gray:
>> BTW, how can anyone claim that some word or phrase has never been used
>> before, simply because he himself has never heard or read it?
> Ben:
>> To be fair, Arnold was simply passing along a query from Bruce
>> Webster. I highly doubt that Arnold, who has written extensively about
>> the Recency Illusion, would make any such claim.
> indeed.  my reaction is to say that i have two courses: not to pass on
> any such queries to ADS-L, because they will be viewed as ignorant and
> thoughtless (and to explain this to my correspondents), or to hedge
> the queries with elaborate disclaimers about my beliefs and knowledge,
> my correspondent's beliefs and knowledge, and so on.
> my inclination is to say: fuck the list. i don't need this grief,
> arnold
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