End of ADS-L Digest - 10 Dec 1995 to 11 Dec 1995 ************************************************ There are 15 messages totalling 409 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. name's the same 2. Spammer exposed 3. American Indian languages and thought 4. can/can't (4) 5. root beer preferences (2) 6. NEW COKE 7. pop and soda (4) 8. New word of the year (eponym division) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Mon, 11 Dec 1995 22:03:21 -0700 From: Rudy Troike Subject: Re: name's the same The fundamental problem is, as we all know but rarely admit (who would hire us if they believed it), there is not and never has been such a thing as "the English language." But let's not tell anyone. Variation is one thing, Don; irreversible total systemic loss of a distinction is another. It is really dysfunctional. Says something about the peculiar illogical habit of people over time to try to make communication more difficult. Rudy --Rudy Troike (rtroike[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ccit.arizona.edu)