Date: Mon, 31 Oct 1994 11:16:10 -0800 From: Birrell Walsh Subject: Re: offending idioms On Mon, 31 Oct 1994, David Muschell wrote: > In response to Gregory D. Waltigney, who wrote: > > >Perhaps those out there who feel the need to use this forum as a soapbox > >for determining political correctness could take their drivel elsewhere > >rather than degenerating into a bunch of blathering "offending idiots"! > [Excision here] > > I have read very little drivel as I've followed (and participated) in this > particular discussion and even less blather. Personally, the suggestion to > take the debate elsewhere is a kind of prescription in itself--one that > would negate the very value of this computer conference. Of course I take > the above suggestion seriously, and at a real conference I'd probably laugh > it off as a small, crotchety response to the more important issue. But > since budgetary constraints probably won't allow me to attend a "real" > conference, this electronic space for analyzing, conversing, and > "listening" to other fine scholars has become a fine way to breach the > isolation of individual institutions. Intuitively, ADS has gotten involved > in a thought-provoking line of discussion that mirrors an issue seen being > explored in the media with the publication of THE BELL CURVE. > > > David > A rare art is here being practiced: gracious praise. Thank you, David! Birrell Walsh