Date: Wed, 2 Nov 1994 12:27:59 -0800
From: Birrell Walsh birrell[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]WELL.SF.CA.US
Subject: Re: offending idioms
On Tue, 1 Nov 1994, salikoko mufwene wrote:
[Much more than this, but I have snatched out of context the following;]
Who is trying to legislate language here: the user/speaker or the linguist?
For once I can answer one of the good doctor's questions.
Whoso is trying to legislate language is always, without exception, without
regard to race or gender, what the Welsh call a wmbb.
And since it never works, the wmbb - the wellmeaning busybody (you'll
kinow it by its cry) - is forever redoubling the effort, alas.
Apparently ya canna control what people say, and trying mostly annoys
them. I kinow - I've tried, and grew very frustrated, and made enemies...