Date: Mon, 16 Sep 1996 14:01:31 +0900
From: Daniel Long dlong[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]JOHO.OSAKA-SHOIN.AC.JP
Subject: Re: Beware the flood....
Jesse T Sheidlower wrote:
Let us hope that this will not result in a flood of
people asking about the words that end in -gry or some such.
It's not the thought of a possible flood of irrelevant and uninformed QUESTIONS that frightens
me. It's that we'll have even more uninformed answers than we do now. Just in the past week
or two we have been subjected to contributors informing us about their "theories" of the origin
of "barefoot and pregnant" ("I had in mind, but did not say, that I thought it was southern
Appalachain in origin. It certainly is associated with lower socioeconomic classes."), and of
"corn" ("the word "corn" actually did originate in Iowa. It is derivitive from the Cornpone
Indians who grew field corn and passed it on to the early settlers.")
I wonder if medical research lists are clogged up with people sharing their "theories" about
babies being brought by the stork, and it being possible for women to become pregnant from
drinking after a man, etc.?