Media: SFC: Prescriptivist spoof
Karen S. Chung
There's a spoof on prescriptivism in the Dec. 1, 2002 online issue
of the _San Francisco Chronicle_, 'Cuisine' section, entitled: "Just a
Soupcon of Clarity, Please: From soup to nuts to the home office", by
Herbert Gold. Those interested in unergatives in English will find
this of special interest!
Here are the first two paragraphs:
Recently I purchased several cans of Campbell's Chunky "Soup Tha
Eats Like a Meal," attracted by the bold yellow headline on the
cans. I knew this stunt would really thrill my children.
Unfortunately, when I opened the first can, it ate nothing! I
refused to eat! I then heated it; still no eating. We gathered around
the pot to watch, but it did not respond. A little steam and bubbling,
but no nibbling, not a lick.
Thanks to Prof. Chris Wen-chao Li of San Francisco State
University (firstname.lastname@example.org http://userwww.sfsu.edu/~wenchao/)
for forwarding this link to me.
Karen Steffen Chung
|Date Posted:||February 26, 2003|