Your training and education in "Communications" does show through, at
least in the length of your response. But I suspect that a bit more
experience might be useful. And after reading that response, I also get
the impression that all, or most, of that training has occurred in the last
10 to 15 years.
Now, it is possible, that I did misunderstand Ms. Murray's motivations
in her response to Jim (see I can adapt to at least some of the "New
Speak"). If her message was simply to inform Jim of a possible loss of
audience due to his choice of language, then I owe her an apology. But
after reading it carefully and reading her private response to me, I cannot
accept that as fact. There was certainly an equal amount of other
Both of you (and apparently others as well) have totally missed my point.
Maybe some of the reason for that is that in certain parts of our society
the language has already been changed to such a degree that what I
understand to be a pronoun that can be used as either gender specific or
gender nuetral, can ONLY be used to be gender specific. I am talking
language here. Language rules of usage. I am NOT attempting to make
anyone, or anything, invisible.
People who harbour feelings of inadequacy and inferiority often show this
by demanding recognition (in some cases by attemtping to change the entire
language) or by lashing out at, and attacking anyone who disagrees.
I must have struck an especially sensitve nerve ending. You used up
several lenghty paragraphs denouncing me, my opinions, and attacking
through inuendo what appears to be your pre-conceived notion of who I am,
what I am, and my position on a number of fronts. I have to report that
you missed the targets; all of them.
One last comment before this Anglo, Germanic (with a touch of American
Indian), Man rushes off to throw His black, Puerto Rican Wife (of almost 38
years), out the door on her way to Her very traditional job as a classroom
teacher in a Public School to earn enough money to make next months
mortgage payment, so He can go play in the dirt: Spanish is the primary
Language spoken in most (if not all) of what is known as Latin America, by
the people who are known (for the most part) as Hispanics. Any
"interchangable" use of those terms was purely accidental and probably the
result of not proof reading before posting.
--Dan in Sunny Puerto Rico--
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