Date: Wed, 6 Mar 1996 13:52:32 -0500

From: Ronald Butters amspeech[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ACPUB.DUKE.EDU

Subject: Re: why the male member is not referred to as Gertrude

On Tue, 5 Mar 1996, Donald Larmouth wrote

. . . I never thought of body parts as "possessions" but

as extensions of myself.

I believe that there is a technical term for this: "inalienable

possession." Some languages mirror the difference, e.g., in French one

says (as I recall) "Je vais a' laver mes chats" but "Je vais a' me laver les