Date: Sat, 5 Nov 1994 09:36:54 -0500

From: Ellen Johnson ellenj[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ATLAS.UGA.EDU

Subject: Re: Boulder Dam

The post about Hoover Dam vs. Boulder Dam reminds me of a personal

dilemma. They have renamed the large lake above Augusta, GA, which used

to be called Clark Hill Reservoir. Now it's "Strom Thurmond Lake", at

least according to the folks on the SC side, and now the road maps,

too. I'll be damned if I'll call it that...

BTW "conservative" is Definitely not a non-PC term around here. I heard

the Democratic and Republican congressional candidates falling all over

themselves in a public appearance last week, each trying to prove to the

audience that he was the more conservative. I asked the Democrat why he

didn't run as a Republican (thinking that might give voters more of a

choice), but that only gave him a chance to pontificate about the Great

Southern Tradition of Conservative Democrats.

There may be a gender-based difference in frequency among users of the

N-word here, but I've heard it from both sexes, even, I'm sorry to say,

from my own mother. Are attitudes really worse among the older

generations than the younger, or is there just a tendency to disregard

the taboos as one ages? It seems to me to be comparable to age-grading,

wherein certain nonstandard forms are most common among both the very

young and the very old. I once submitted a grant proposal to the

gerontology research center here to study how people may be more inclined

to flout the linguistic norms as they get older and pressure to climb the

social ladder decreases. I never heard back from them.

As you can tell, I'm just now reading last week's mail.

Ellen JOhnson