Date: Thu, 24 Oct 1996 09:31:46 EDT

From: Undetermined origin c/o LISTSERV maintainer


Subject: Re: Archiving Question - Reply/Answer/Response/Rejoinder/Riposte

I have no problem with our posts being archived--I sort of assume

that anything I send to a mailing list might be landing on someone;s

hard disk somewhere. But I do want to comment on the remarks about

"academics on this erudite list" and alleged "outsiders." My total

academic background is a B.A. in history--I took a couple of

linguistics courses, and have studied three foreign languages (and

forgotten two), but it was by no means my main study. I came over

here looking for a balance--I'm a copyeditor by trade and was

worried about a tendency to overly prescriptive editing, the sort

of thing that has me mumbling "that's not a word!" at my desk--

and found it valuable, enough so that I have in fact joined ADS.

In other words, there doesn't seem to be a distinction here between

academics and outsiders. There is some attempt to explain that

"My cousin Pat said it came from X" isn't really good evidence for

an etymology, but I hope nobody feels excluded by that.

Vicki Rosenzweig

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