LINGUIST List 14.570

Wed Feb 26 2003

Media: SFC: Prescriptivist spoof

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  1. Karen S. Chung, Media: SFC: Prescriptivist spoof

Message 1: Media: SFC: Prescriptivist spoof

Date: Tue, 25 Feb 2003 15:01:51 +0800
From: Karen S. Chung <>
Subject: Media: SFC: Prescriptivist spoof

 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 That
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! It
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 (
for forwarding this link to me.

 Karen Steffen Chung
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