David Bergdahl dlbrgdhl at GMAIL.COM
Sat Jan 16 01:55:17 UTC 2010

Previously I think you'd find "anglo-american" in this sense, that of
shared principles, as distinguished from "mid-altantic" which is a
compromise or which has features of both.

On Fri, Jan 15, 2010 at 8:04 PM, Lynne Murphy <m.l.murphy at> wrote:
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> Am starting to research the use of Anglo-Saxon as in this quotation (via
> Wordnik):
> #  "  Germany and especially France have fought long and hard against the
> anglo-saxon model of unfettered and weakly regulated free market capitalism
> for the past 30 years, and as a consequence of which have seen their
> economic power diminish in relative terms as the anglo-saxon capitalism
> model was adopted world-wide following the collapse of the Soviet Union. "
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> or in Andersen's 'Discursive Analytical Strategies':
> "The worst thing to do [in referring to Foucault] is to allude to Dreifuss
> [I think this has gotta mean Dreyfus!] and Rabinow; then, one is
> characterised as an 'Anglo-Saxon' (which is not a distinguished trait)."
> There's no suitable definition in any of the Wordnik sources, though many
> of the quotations available there use this sense--i.e. relating to the
> (contemporary) values/traditions of the UK & US + other anglophonic
> countries.
> OED has a 2009 draft entry, but not exactly this sense. The closest is the
> use you'd find in 'WASP':
>    b. Rhetorically: designating people of English (or British) heritage or
> descent, or (more generally) of Germanic origin; of or relating to such
> people.
> It seems to be used widely to discuss economic, political and legal
> systems, though I first came across it in French students' comparing
> neo/post-Gricean (Anglo-Saxon, they say) pragmatics to French.
> Having a hard time researching how far this goes back, as I get overwhelmed
> by stuff that refers to the Angles and the Saxons.  Just wondering if
> anyone else has experience of this term that might help me to narrow my
> search a bit--or other anecdotes about its use and suggestions.
> Thanks,
> Lynne
> Dr M Lynne Murphy
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