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Subject:RE: Pet Peeves From:"elizabeth j allen" <eja -at- samurai -dot- com> To:dgreen -at- associatedbrands -dot- com Date:Tue, 13 Mar 2007 11:41:50 -0400 (EDT)
I am both a survivor and a slave descendant. I do not object to the term
"rule of thumb". In fact, I use it quite comfortably.
I do object to people presuming to speak for me and I do object to the
issue being aired in an inappropriate forum.
I suggest we end this thread now. It is inappropriate for Techwr-L.
Elizabeth J. Allen
"Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler." -- Albert Einstein
Dori Green said:
> Rule of thumb: congrats, everybody found it. It might be innocuous to a
> white middle-aged upper-income male, where it absolutely is not innocuous
> a survivor of domestic abuse or someone whose great-grandfather was owned.
> Survivors and slave descendents have told us that they don't want to see
> this phrase any more. That should be all that's needed.
> A good presentation about the importance of the influence of language as
> well as its literal (or contextual) meaning can be found at
> Dog and pony show: from
> aps&field-keywords=handbook+of+non-sexist+writing, _The Handbook of
> Non-Sexist Writing_ -- wow, it's very popular so it's been tremenously
> sanitized on the 'net. The original very popular Victorian stage shows
> involved dogs, ponies, and women. Nuff said. It's a phrase we don't
> Dori Green
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