Date: Wed, 2 Nov 1994 12:27:59 -0800 From: Birrell Walsh 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? > > Sali. 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... Birrell