[Ads-l] Gender- and anti-American discrimination in alder-, select- and chair- (and the OED)

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Tue Oct 21 13:33:51 UTC 2014

At 10/21/2014 12:00 AM, Mark Mandel wrote:

>If you're ever serious about a spoiler alert, put it several lines ahead.

True.  But I wasn't serious, and I wasn't intending an intelligence 
quiz question.


>suspect that, like me, most of the readers of this list see somewhat ahead
>of where they're reading. Placement like this means that by the time I've
>seen and assimilated "spoiler warning", it's too late: I've already seen
>the spoiler and am processing it.
>Mark Mandel
>On Sep 25, 2014 8:49 PM, "Joel S. Berson" <Berson at att.net> wrote:
> > (1)  In 1868, a character in a play is introduced, by a male
> > character, as "Miss Wolverine Griffin, Selectwoman of [spoiler
> > follows] Newton, Mass."!  (I will inform Alderwoman Emily Norton.)
>The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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

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