End of ADS-L Digest - 15 Sep 1995 to 16 Sep 1995 ************************************************ There are 7 messages totalling 140 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. going postal 2. Usage: "any more" (fwd) (3) 3. Flip a (was Going Postal) 4. Mondegreens (2) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Sun, 17 Sep 1995 00:17:16 -0400 From: ALICE FABER Subject: going postal With regard to "going postal", someone related to the most recent (or most recent -1) episode of a former postal worker taking out his outrage by shooting up his former post office. Unfortunately, a data-base search over the past 10-15 years would reveal a number of episodes of this sort. I think the expression "going postal" reflects in part a stereotype that this behavior is much more typical of former postal workers than of former insurance salespeople. As for dating the expression, I'm sure I heard it before 1994. I'm also sure that I heard it first from my sister, whom I used to think of as the source of all new expressions in English. She now works in north central Connecticut, but before 1992 she lived in eastern NY, with extensive work contacts (through the state office for her department) in Syracuse, NY. Alice Faber