Of course he did. The idiomatic remark means that I don't think
such a generalization is valid or likely to be true precisely because
it is a sweeping generalization about several centuries and untold
numbers of people.
Glad to be of help in explaining the language.
On 3 Apr 2003, at 15:48, Peter Montgomery <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> From: Nancy Gish - Women's Studies [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
> I don't think you can make that generalization.
> But he did, so obviously he can. How can you
> legislate the past?
> Dr. Peter C. Montgomery
> Dept. of English
> Camosun College
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