Date: Mon, 13 May 1996 15:02:15 -0400 From: "Bethany K. Dumas" Subject: Dictionary-Thumping ---------- Forwarded message ---------- Date: Mon, 13 May 1996 08:46:26 PDT From: Brian Reid 3. My opinion was that he was engaging in dictionary-thumping. This is like bible-thumping, but instead of saying "it says here in the bible that you are a bad person" he was saying "it says here in the dictionary that you are a bad person." Book thumpers are, in my opinion, too cowardly to stand up for their own beliefs, so they brandish the book instead. This technique is the rhetorical equivalent of Edgar Bergen's use of Charlie McCarthy to speak for him. -----end forwarded message----- Until I read the post from which the paragraph above comes, I had never heard the phrase "dictionary-thumping." I like it. Are others familiar with it? Bethany Bethany K. Dumas, J.D., Ph.D. | Applied Linguistics, Language & Law Dep't of English, UT, Knoxville | EMAIL: dumasb[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] 415 McClung Tower | (423) 974-6965 | FAX (423) 974-6926 Knoxville, TN 37996-0430 | See Webpage at