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Media: SFC: Prescriptivist spoof

Submitter: Karen S. Chung

Submitter Email: karchung@ntu.edu.tw
Media Body: 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.

The URL:


Thanks to Prof. Chris Wen-chao Li of San Francisco State
University (wetchameleon@yahoo.com http://userwww.sfsu.edu/~wenchao/)
for forwarding this link to me.

Karen Steffen Chung

Issue Number: 14.570
Date Posted: February 26, 2003

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