Date: Mon, 10 Nov 1997 15:13:30 EST
From: Larry Horn LHORN[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]YALEVM.CIS.YALE.EDU
Subject: Re: one as a pronoun?
Jim Crotty ends a message with...
acquaintances probably did. However, I've heard it used by all sorts of Brits
from all sorts of backgrounds coming over to "the States." Maybe it's a
kneejerk reflex when Brits encounter the informal American tongue. I've also
heard it a lot on BBC broadcasts. Maybe just another example of a snob (sans
nobilite) trying to emulate nobility? ^^^^^^^^^^
--incidentally, one more stock folk-etymology, pseudo-acronym dept. (That's
the department with shelves stocking e.g. "posh" and "fuck", although it might
be objected that those are REAL pseudo-acronyms, while "snob" s.nob. for
"sans nobilite'" or Lat. "sine nobilitate" is more of a pseudo quasi-acronym,
or vice versa.) --Larry