There are 4 messages totalling 101 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. Gum chewing 2. hypercorrection 3. Pig Latin 4. Private languages ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Fri, 1 Apr 1994 01:44:27 CST From: "Donald M. Lance" Subject: Re: Gum chewing I remember Johnson's remark because it reminded me of the task that the five siblings on our family had fun with in the early 1940s. Johnson's remark wouldn't've reminded me of that scene on the Knox farm west of town if he had said anything other than "walk backward and chew gum." My recollection is that Johnson was not just insulting Ford but commenting on potential dangers in the election. It's popular, and politically positive, of course to remember only the coarseness of Johnson's speech. Who knows what's correct? Political correctness isn't exactly new. For a long, long time it has been politically incorrect to say nice things about Lyndon Baines Johnson. He's not a hero of mine, but he did get the Civil Rights Act passed, among other things. DMLance