Date: Thu, 7 Sep 1995 12:54:42 -0400
From: Ellen Johnson ellenj[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ATLAS.UGA.EDU
Subject: patriots, etc.
First, in a nod to accuracy, I am pleased to report that Georgia's
governor, Zell Miller, vetoed the English-only legislation that passed
there this year, fortunately in time for the Olympics.
(Gee, I am getting paranoid now about going back to correct my typos,
somthing I don't always do on e-mail!)
Second, isn't it interesting how we non-prescriptivists fall back on
prescriptive grammar as a means of defense when someone less educated (at
least who writes that way) invades our domain. Still, having grown up in
the South, I learned long ago that rational arguments have no effect on
bigots, since their positions are not based on reason, but emotion,
usually fear of some sort. Sometimes I'm brave enough to state outright
that I disagree, sometimes I just ignore it; usually leaving the room
gets the point across and gets me to a place with better company.
new address: ejohnson[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]cc.memphis.edu