Don Livingston (Graduate Student)
4500 Whitman Ave. North #2 Dept. Slav. Lang. & Lit., DP-32
Seattle, WA 98103 University of Washington
Phone/Fax (206) 634-1539 Seattle, WA 98195
Date: Mon, 29 Nov 1993 18:11:29 -0800
From: Donald Livingston deljr[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]U.WASHINGTON.EDU
Subject: Re: Language variation
Granted that the article that appeared in The Washington Post was
embarassing by educated standards. As one of those quoted, I imagine I
might have the right to be embarassed or offended. But take a look at the
article immediately preceding the one under discusiion (it's in the
"Why do objects appear smaller the farther we move from them?"
Some nerds will tell you that the apparent size of objects is a
function of straight-line geometry ... But ignore all that. These are
the '90s, an age of heroic action and positive thinking. The new rule
is, when objects recede they don't get smaller -- YOU GET BIGGER.
Though people will, doubtlessly, take the regional accent section more
seriously, I somehow can't find it in my heart to be too horrified,
embarassed, or offended.
All the best, Don.