I've found it counter productive to
get too close to a wagging finger.
It some times winds up right in one's eye.
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From: "Ken Armstrong" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Saturday, April 08, 2006 8:28 PM
Subject: Re: 'Tyger' and 'Vrka' (Was: 'Mind forged menacles' (sic) and
> --On Saturday, April 08, 2006 2:36 PM -0500 Carrol Cox <[log in to unmask]>
> > No you may not because it is no longer the generic term. In (morally and
> > politically decent) English of the present "man" refers only to the male
> > gender. Its use as a generic term is anachronistic and vulgar.
> Just observing actual usage, this seems not to be true, though there is
> certainly a movement afoot to make it so, as your finger wagging
> exemplifies. However, I think such usages are more deeply rooted and
> resonant than political criticisms such as yours credit them for, which is
> why they continue, even among decent and moral people.
> Ken A.
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