End of ADS-L Digest - 16 Mar 1994 to 17 Mar 1994 ************************************************ There are 3 messages totalling 63 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. poof! 2. The French Connection 3. New Genitive Pronoun? ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Thu, 17 Mar 1994 23:48:51 -0500 From: "Gregory J. Pulliam" Subject: poof! I've encountered a new command meaning _get lost_ from my pre-adolescent stepson who's enrolled in public schools in Oak Park, adjacent to the far west side of Chicago. What the boys say is "Poof!" sometimes followed by "Get the steppin'" but always (apparently, or so he says) accompanied by a hand gesture which consists of a fist-to-fully-extended-fingers motion concurrent with the word "Poof!" I suspect it's been handed down from the older boys, perhaps gang-types. The again perhaps not. Any thots or citations? Also, francophiles, please forgive my little tease the other day about the French linguistic legislation. I'm not a francophobe. I was jesting, albeit poorly perhaps, in the Twain tradition of baiting the French. BTW, if you've seen the latest on heart disease rates in France, perhaps due to their intake of red wine along with all those high-fat meals, you do have to wonder if maybe the French will be the first nation ever to outlive its language and culture....don't you? ;-) GPulliam humpulliam[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]minna.acc.iit.edu