Re: Re[2]: Male/Female thread

Subject: Re: Re[2]: Male/Female thread
From: Joanna Sheldon <cjs10 -at- CORNELL -dot- EDU>
Date: Tue, 19 Nov 1996 12:30:30 -0500

Mike wote:
> >is that it's the modern form of one-upsmanship.

> Surely this should be "One-upspersonship" ;)
>Or even (since a "son" is a male child) "One-upsperchildship?" ;{>}

>Hold on, hold on. Don't people usually refer to ships as female (she sank,
>she sailed to Bermuda etc)? Therefore, I suggest it should be
>"One-upsperchildvessel". What do you think?

I like it, I like it. Besides being so contorted that it's lost all meaning
(and therefore, we could say, it's a better candidate for a *word* -- which
is, after all, in essence symbolic -- than the original expression) it has a
nice poetic ring to it.

Joanna


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