Re: name calling

Sat, 31 Dec 1994 11:47:59 EST

I'm copying my answer to Marius Johnston to the list.
His posting to me off-list was, at best, intemperate.
Actually it was lots worse than that. Mean-spirited and
Language is not inconsequential, not at all. English,
with the widest vocabulary of all languages, has
the potential for the most precision, the most accuracy in
its use. Sometimes we forget that. The former Museum of
Man (here in Ottawa) is now called the Canadian Museum of

It's kind of nice to think of oneself as "civilized person"
isn't it?
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Do you want to talk?
I'm willing to carry this discussion forward
posting off list or on list. Suggest if you want to
carry this forward that you prioritize which of the
several complaints you have you'd like addressed first.
I'm in the thick of grading papers. It's my job for
which I get paid--to be an authority, you see. If
you'd like some assistance in understanding this issue,
I'll give it a go. But there's no sense offering help
it's not wanted. I tell my students all the course
requirements in the first class so they have time to
switch courses. That's only fair, isn't it? It's
their choice how they spend their money. They choose
me, I don't choose them. You're right about my "power"
in the classroom. Of course mine is a position of power.
I mean to use it wisely.

And in the spirit of the season, do "drink a cup of
kindness." It's on me.

Maureen Korp, PhD
University of Ottawa