Date: Wed, 21 Jan 1998 19:47:21 -0500 From: Gregory {Greg} Downing Subject: Re: folk tale, "1, 2, 3" At 07:00 PM 1/21/98 -0500, you (baragonasa[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] wrote: >I was told this story as a joke, not a traditional folktale, but the >setting was the medieval Rome during the Plague, and the disputants were >the Pope and the head Rabbi. The punchline, however, is decidedly modern >and, as told to me, very unfolklorish. Now I actually use the joke in >my Intro to Linguistics class when we discuss semiotics. > I'm not sure of the sense in which Beth Simon used "folklore" in her original post, but I meant it in the sense of modern/urban folklore, without necessarily making any claims about antiquity. Where's the US dialect facet, though? Greg Downing/NYU, at greg.downing[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] or downingg[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]