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Re: [forteana] Secrets of language

From:Roger Mills <romilly@...>
Date:Friday, February 6, 2004, 19:44
Philippe Caquant wrote:
(Barbara Barrett quoted:)

> "The language of emails is also under intense scrutiny > from researchers. [...] Starting a sentence with the > word 'well' was also common among neurotics." > > Well, I won't do it any more. >
Well, and if it applies to the spoken language, then 99.9% of Americans are neurotic. (Others need not comment :-)) ) Possibly the entire English L1 world.... In 5th grade, when one of us used "well...", the teacher used to draw a little box on the blackboard, write "well" inside, and announce, "We're going to have a funeral and bury that word". Fat lot of good it did. Were we already neurotic at age 10-11?