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Chris Olson - SunPS Chrisf.Olson at Sun.COM
Thu Feb 27 15:55:39 PST 2003

> Here is my reply. Remember that long involved discussion about languages
> a couple months ago? That focused on spoken languages but I think the
> same holds true for written language. Language is used to communicate,
> but it is also used to identify ourselves. Groups of people who feel
> different than the ruling class take pride in their own language,
> despite it being considered ungrammatical or improper (by the ruling
> class). I speculate that those who use the pager-abbreviations are
> predominantly 13-22 years old, a time when kids try out several
> "identities" (aka, rebel against the parents).

Heh.  I've heard the ruling class.  They don't know what
they're talking about or how to say it.  Now, all those
English Majors, however.... <grin>

I could give examples, but I'd be here all day.  Look back
at, say, most any recent talk given by Bush et al.

"I feel if a person can't communicate,
the very least they can do is shut up."
	~ Tom Lehrer ~