Date: Tue, 7 Mar 1995 09:56:56 -0800 From: bucholtz[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]GARNET.BERKELEY.EDU Subject: loose meat and vegans On Tue, 7 Mar 1995, Wayne Glowka wrote: > >Everytime I read the term "loose meat" on my screen, I get sick to/on my > >stomach. While I'm feeling queasy, I'm wondering about a term I have seen > >in the title of a folksong. What, pray tell, does Sal have in the song > >"Sal's Got a Meat Skin"? And why is anyone singing about it? > > > >Nearly veegun (is that how you spell it?), > > I've been getting a bit nauseous myself. I can't elucidate what Sal has, but I can give you the spelling of vegan. Your spelling reflects the correct pronunciation, [vig[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]n]; I can't tell you how many times I've been called a [veg[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]n] or, worse, a [vEj[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]n]. (By the way, for those who don't know what this is about, a vegan is someone who eats no animal products.) Mary Bucholtz Department of Linguistics University of California, Berkeley bucholtz[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]