Re: Bastards--long

Bryant (
4 Sep 1996 08:54:02 -0600

In article <>, Lars Eighner <> wrote:
>>Asking for references or the names of the cultures you're thinking of should
>>not be taken as some kind of insult. Clarification helps the rest of us
>>understand your points.

>It was not that request, but the prejudicial way in which you
>frame your questions.

It occurs to me that many anthropologists are right next to postmodernist
English professors in their ability to get stuck with "tones" and
"implications" when faced with a direct, plain question.

Think about how much time could be saved by simply noting the offensive
"tone" and then answering the question, rather than letting a thread be
hijacked by a never-ending exchange about who has been ruder.