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...