Date: Sat, 16 Sep 1995 11:16:44 -0700 From: Sylvia Swift Subject: Re: Going postal > Heard a new version of "going > ballistic" yesterday: "going postal" i first started hearing this phrase in california in about december 1994, in connection with a public lecture on violence in the work place sponsored by the american studies working group at berkeley. the speaker, whose name escapes me (i could probably dig it out of our website, if anyone's interested), reportedly used the phrase to mean something like, "to take weapons into one's place of current or former employment and commit a violent act." i missed the talk, but in the following months i heard several speakers use the phrase in what i thought was this same sense. i heard it recently on the radio, and that time it may have had the broader (variation of ballastic) sense. i've also seen it in print at least once, probably in _the bay guardian_ or _east bay express_, our free weeklies. sylvia swift madonna[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]