Date: Fri, 15 Sep 1995 15:39:17 -0600

From: Marianna Di Paolo m.dipaolo[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]M.CC.UTAH.EDU

Subject: contempt vs. content

up in New York (Manhattan or Long Island--the source, no doubt, of my

"jew-le-ry"), or perhaps in California (L.A. or Berkeley), or even in the

midwest (Ann Arbor or Madison), it most definitely was not contracted in a

small town in Utah.

Marianna Di Paolo:

Sorry, Larry, I didn't remember your contribution when I tried to respond

to Tom Clark. I must say that I enjoyed Tom's contextualization of his

first hearing of "Familiarity breeds conTENT". Have the rest of you only

heard it used facetiously as well or is it used in other types of contexts

as well?


Has anyone considered the possibility that this is *purely* phonological?

On ESPN's early SportsCenter (Weds. 13 Sept), I heard (in the summary of the

day's OJ developments) that Marcia Clark had been cited for "conTENT of


Alice Faber

Yeah, I thought we were assuming that it was at least partially

phonological (like a pullet surprise is) and partially semantic. I was

wondering, however, if it was only a nonce form or if it actually had some

social group connection.

Marianna Di Paolo


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