Date: Sun, 31 Dec 1995 12:20:48 -0600

From: Cynthia Bernstein bernscy[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MAIL.AUBURN.EDU

Subject: Re: And The Winners Are...

I loved this story because it shows what I see as the real function of

WOTY nominations--getting people thinking and talking about words.

Happy New Year!

Cynthia Bernstein

Dept. of English

Auburn University, AL 36849-5203

On Sat, 30 Dec 1995, Bethany Dumas, UTK wrote:

I see a problem this year that I was not aware of last year. When I saw the

list of nominees, I assumed (I realize now) that we were referencing SPOKEN

words --hence my objection to words like "www." I think in the future we

might want to devise some way to recognize both prined words and spoken

words, sometimes in separate categories.

I regret that "hello?" did not get some recognition. I heard a great example

of its use this morning in (horse-)jumping lesson. Terry finished her round, and

Deb, the instructor, started giving Sara instructions. It became clear that

Sarah was hlaf asleep and not listening. Deb stopped, then said,

"Sara, it's your round. HELLO???"

I then explained that that was a nominee in the WOTY contest, etc. So we

stopped to define words, then resumed jumping.

Great Saturday morning activity! The sun was shining and the temp. was about

40. (That's part of the reason I was not in Chicago.)

Looking forward to ADS w/LSA in 1997!

Thanks for all the good work, especially from you, Natalie.