Date: Tue, 27 Jan 1998 09:24:41 -0500 From: Gregory {Greg} Downing Subject: Re: Sexgate explained; ADS-L again At 02:51 AM 1/27/98 EST, you (Barry Popik) wrote: >SEXGATE EXPLAINED > 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. > Last Friday, it was not at all clear what this thing would be called. > President Clinton's "There is no improper sexual relationship" made the >news, and a related WASHINGTON POST story with Jesse Sheidlower (an ADS >member) was posted here by someone else. > >------------------------------------------------------------------ >ADS-L AGAIN > > Tim and Beverly's comments were really directed at something else. If a >joke doesn't work, you don't say anything, or you write to me privately. You >don't "boo" me in public. They've never "cheered" me in public (and I've >posted heaps), so where's the balance? > I think the present process is very painful for a lot of people, and the jokes felt like salt in a wound to them. I don't know that people were objecting to the sheer listing and discussion of coinages. > 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 on >ADS-L. Of course there should be more here than lexical discussion. But an email list is the sum total of what people put into it. People who are looking to discuss vowel-shifts or sociolinguistic issues (etc.) need to ask themselves: If not me, who? If not now, when? Those topics, interesting as I or others might find them, are very rarely raised by anyone. Given the topics people do raise, the list is presently about 95% lexical and pronunciational. Gregory {Greg} Downing, at greg.downing[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] or downingg[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]