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Re: Measuring language change

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Thursday, April 22, 1999, 12:27
Hawksinger wrote:
> Word taboos associated with the names of the dead are also important > in Australia.
Quite true, and it seems to have been carried over, at least in part, into Aborigine English. I've heard of a group that, after a member named "Jack" died, had to use "letter" to replace "check" (in the financial sense). -- "It's bad manners to talk about ropes in the house of a man whose father was hanged." - Irish proverb ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-name: NikTailor