Date: Sun, 8 Oct 1995 15:56:47 -0700
From: Sylvia Swift madonna[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]VIOLET.BERKELEY.EDU
Subject: student mondegreens/malapropisms; "fun"
On Sun, 8 Oct 1995, Merri Lisa Johnson wrote:
One of my students wrote this phrase in an essay: "a once and a lifetime
i quit writing down my students' bizarre expressions some time ago; i was
afraid they might grow into some monstrous _life reeked with joy II_
project and/or be perceived as mere dissing of gen-xers. but here is my
favorite essay-ending example from a few years ago:
In conclusion, Helga Crane's sensitivity towards her skin color was not
appeased no matter where she went; she felt very subconscious about
herself, and society worsened the situation by intensifying her
difference compared to them.
the same day, Natalie Maynor wrote:
I thought we were simply having fun. And occasionally, out of some of the
"fun" type discussion, somebody might discover something useful of course.
i agree. i think of ads-l as infotainment. in between "useful" posts,
i can reminisce about the goo-goo bars and eyes (not burners) of my
youth, note that the sign in the window across the street ("pre-fix
dinner, $24.95") is part of a larger trend, be astounded that there is a
guy in utah who doesn't (didn't) know what cunnilingus means, learn new
words for sidewalk, etc.
terry irons' comments remind me of the recent post on linguist-l (for
those of you who read more than the job listings: self-censorship;
cheating)--there do seem to be a lot of people who would rather post a
query than open a book. but i'm (so far) not bothered by such "lazy"
postings. i don't browse through DARE for fun, but i do have fun
thinking about what i know about pop/soda/tonic/col' drink/cocola while
following a thread. i would imagine that some of the postings i find
useful are fun for others, and vice versa.
madonna[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]violet.berkeley.edu