Date: Fri, 24 Oct 1997 01:55:49 EDT
From: Julia Cochran COCPROFS[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UGA.CC.UGA.EDU
Subject: Re: sociolinguistic competence
On Thu, 23 Oct 1997 16:42:55 -0400 Beverly Flanigan said:
On "Bless you" specifically: It is of course intended as a "tail wag"
(referred to generally as phatic communication). But the presumed
sharing of a religious/theological frame of reference is what I react
to when I remain silent
Maybe, to be consistent, then, one might become silently angry whenever one is
subjected to other religiously/theologically framed expressions such as "damn
it," "go to hell," and "oh my God!"