Date: Tue, 27 Jan 1998 10:36:48 -0500

From: "Dennis R. Preston" preston[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]PILOT.MSU.EDU

Subject: Re: ADS-L guidelines, appreciation doubted

I am especially enchanted by the idea that a mail list limited to

professional talk could not 'remain interesting.'


On Tue, 27 Jan 1998, Bapopik wrote:

AMERICAN SPEECH has covered "-gate" words not once nor twice, but four

times. See "Among the New Words" 53.3 Fall 1978, 54.4 Winter 1979, 56.4

Winter 1981, and 59.2 Summer 1984.


Both Tim and Beverly have written or at least strongly hinted in the past

that anyone (me) who posts etymologies is "unprofessional" and shouldn't be



Well, I enjoy the etymologies and the jokey etymologies and just about

everything about words and new coinages. But then I'm a Richard Lederer

fan and have coined many of my own words for my novels. So maybe I

"shouldn't" be on ADS-L to get those things. But the WORDS-L list, the

one I expected to have these kinds of discussions, is nothing but a chat

session made into messages; I've been monitoring that digest, and they

have lots of fun, but they seldom even discuss words at all. So this is

the only place that I see words discussed. I'm here because I'm a

logophile. I'm not sure that a mailing list can be "solely limited to

professional talk" and still remain interesting; even over on

software-testing-L (swtest-discuss), we have side sessions on test

problems and types.

If there are guidelines that direct us only to talk about dialect

(whatever that is), maybe I ought to go over to the Web site and read them

again. I read the welcome message and didn't get this particular bit out

of it.

Dennis R. Preston

Department of Linguistics and Languages

Michigan State University

East Lansing MI 48824-1027 USA


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