End of ADS-L Digest - 1 Nov 1994 to 2 Nov 1994 ********************************************** There are 14 messages totalling 386 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. Judy's Carbon Copy 2. offending idioms (3) 3. All Souls' Day/All Saints' Day (3) 4. PC in the NY Times 5. political correctness at ncte 6. American Culture and All Saints & All Souls Days 7. who is african american (2) 8. Hallowe'en greetings? 9. new york city and upstate ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Wed, 2 Nov 1994 23:03:56 EST From: Larry Horn Subject: Re: Judy's Carbon Copy The cc in e-mailers is indeed a direct descendant of the initialism for 'carbon copy', although I wonder whether it (and indeed the cc at the bottom of letters) hasn't been reanalyzed by many (especially of the post-carbon generations) as being a plural of 'copy', as in mss. for 'manuscripts', pp for 'pages', ff., etc. I'll ask my Words & Meaning class and see what they guess. (There must be some transparency for some writers, since one occasionally sees 'xc' for 'xerox copy' instead.) --Larry