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December 07, 2015

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David

It’s a devastating riposte, David. :-)

Well, if I’m right about the article being an exercise in class signalling and the mouthing of in-group pieties, then a substantive reply would be an unnecessary risk. The whole thing might come unravelled. And the point of the exercise – the signalling of class identifiers, of conformity - has already been done. Credentials have been aired. And it does seem to be about status – hence, presumably, the umbrage at my reference to the University of Pennsylvania, rather than the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, which I’d imagine is thought more statusful.

I sometimes think of the signalling of ‘progressive’ piety as rather like being a teenage goth. The pose is of ostentatious non-conformity, while being utterly uniform. And quite silly.

fnord

....she studied at Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania, .........

David, I believe you misspelled 'infested'

WTP

Am I the only one who doesn't understand what is meant by “cunty maneuver” in this context? OTOH, I never went to Harvard or the Wharton School of Penn, so perhaps my vocabulary is somewhat limited.

David

The only definition I’m aware of is the obvious one, as in a bit of a cunt.

But remember, we mustn’t gender pronouns.

abacab

Hmmm. David being alledget to have made a "cunty manoeuvre"??? Isn't that rather an offensive presumption about our esteemed host???

David

Isn’t that rather an offensive presumption about our esteemed host???

[ Retires to fainting couch. ]

WTP

Ahh...I think it's the vernacular that's throwing me. Harvard and UP had me presuming American slang. Calling a guy a cunt or saying his behavior is in some way cunty, really doesn't compute in US slang, though such is rather common, IIRC, between guys in the UK...However didn't thing y'all said "bro", so...Repeating myself but obviously I'm simply not educated enough to grasp such highfalutin' elocution.

David

However didn't think y’all said “bro”

Oh dear lord, no. I doubt I could pull it off convincingly.

Rich Rostrom

You are not androgynous.

I am not plural.

Incidentally, here's a linguistic quirk I spotted yesterday. In French, the word femme means "woman", but also "wife"; there is no feminine counterpart to "mari". IOW, a woman is almost literally by definition attached to a man.

Also, the word fille means "daughter", but also "girl"; there is no feminine counterpart to "garçon".

JJM

"Incidentally, here's a linguistic quirk I spotted yesterday. In French, the word femme means 'woman', but also 'wife'; there is no feminine counterpart to 'mari'. IOW, a woman is almost literally by definition attached to a man."

However, there is époux/épouse (spouse) which is also quite commonly used.

The origin of "woman" is interesting. It started as Old English "wifman" ("woman human" - yes, that "wif" is the ancestor of "wife").

And if you like grammatical trivia, "wif" in Old English was neuter while any noun ending -man was always masculine. So the neuter noun for a "woman" was attached to "-man" to produce a masculine noun meaning "woman".

Got that?

(The German cognate of "wife" remains neuter - "das Weib".)

mojo

It's "that person" making a "genitalious manoeuvre", potty mouth.

jen

apparently Ms Kovvali has found the time to tell Twitter that I’m a “bro” making a “cunty manoeuvre.”

Wow. Apparently Harvard doesn't teach students intellectual honesty.

David

Apparently Harvard doesn’t teach students intellectual honesty.

I’m not entirely sure that intellectual honesty can be taught, insofar as it requires motivations that are often at odds with the signalling of leftist piety and thereby class status.

Quint&Jessel, Sea of Azof, Bly, UK

David, I'm surprised she called you "cunty" and a ""bro." Aren't those sex/gender-related terms? Talk about not walking the walk, Mx Kovvali is a...wait for it...hypocrite!

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