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Re: CHAT: Epicene man (was Re: ...y'know)

From:John Cowan <cowan@...>
Date:Friday, July 2, 1999, 22:28
Ed Heil scripsit:

> Speaking of 'man' and vocatives and all that, I was always amused by > Willard Espy's claim that 'mac' is the vocative of 'guy.' You talk > about 'that guy' but when you speak to him you say 'hey, Mac!'
Reminds me of Frederic Brown's Martians (in _Martians, Go Home_) who insisted on addressing all human males (in English-speaking countries, at least) as "Mack" and all females as "Toots". -- John Cowan I am a member of a civilization. --David Brin