Date: Fri, 24 Oct 1997 12:27:47 -0400
From: Ron Butters RonButters[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM
Subject: Re: sociolinguistic competence
Maybe, to be consistent, then,
one might become silently angry
whenever one is subjected to
Julia Cochran writes:
framed expressions such as "damn
it," "go to hell," and "oh my God!"
Good point--the difference for me is that "damn
it" and "oh my God!" are not directed at me, nor are they generally totally
gratuitous, i.e., they have some kind of primary linguistic function beyond
the merely phatic. as for "go to hell," that usually does make me angry.