ADS-L Digest - 19 Jun 2008 to 20 Jun 2008 (#2008-173)

David Donnell daviddonnell at NYC.RR.COM
Sat Jun 21 04:27:43 UTC 2008

Regarding your "ADS-L Digest" subject lines: you could do better.

Please try.

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>Sender:       American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
>Poster:       Josh Macfelder <josh.a.macfelder at GMAIL.COM>
>Subject:      Re: ADS-L Digest - 19 Jun 2008 to 20 Jun 2008 (#2008-173)
>On Fri, 20 Jun 2008 09:05:34 -0400 "Joel S. Berson" <Berson at ATT.NET> wrote:
>James Harbeck's inclusion of spinning wheels in his placement of the days is
>incorrect. Spinning wheels were certainly used later than the 17th century.
>And they were an important element in British land war of the other
>continent, namely the Revolutionary war: the colonials, in their efforts to
>boycott imports from Britain, endeavored to spin more.
>Thanks for pointing that out.
>"Joel S. Berson" <Berson at ATT.NET> wrote:
>Which leads me to wonder (rhymes with yonder): Josh Macfelder seems to have
>assumed the song relates to a war on the continent. Why not overseas? Or why
>not a civil war in England?
>I have assumed that since the song reads, in one place:
>But now my love has gone to France,
>To try his fortune to advance;
>If he e'er comes back, 'tis but a chance,
>Is go dte tu mo mhuirnin slan
>Therefore, to me it's obvious the war was on the Continent,
>not on the British Isles nor in the Americas. My bad, I should
>have included the complete lyrics I was referring to.
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