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
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?