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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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