Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Thu Jan 14 04:38:46 UTC 2010

At 1/13/2010 11:17 PM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
>No need to conjecture on why they should think that, but the word has
>clearly suffered an extraordinary semantic pejoration.

I suspect (not having read in particular "Chimpanzee Politics", but
rather other books by de Waal; a 1994 one is called "Chimpanzee
Cultures") that you will be convinced by him that "politics" is the
right word to describe behavior such as the alliances that chimps
form for various purposes.


The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

More information about the Ads-l mailing list