Alphabeticisation ?

Richmond Mathewson geradamas at
Thu Apr 17 14:25:10 EDT 2008

Mark Wieder can be as snobbish as he likes about an
Australian Humanities Review (and, for all I know he
is probably right).

However, the second reference here is from the
University of Chicago, which is a respectable

I would also like to point out that my self-confidence
is such that I don't really feel a need to prop up
alphabeticisation with references from hither and yon.
The construction of the word should be obvious enough
for most native speakers of any one of the varieties
of English to work out its meaning.

Re alphabeticise's supposed Scottishness; as a Scot
largely educated in England and the United States I am
perfectly capable of telling the difference between
English-English (meaning what EFL teachers teach),
Scots-English (meaning what Miss Jean Brodie spoke)
and Scots (meaning qhuat mensefou fowk pit intil their
gabs qhan they disnae threap til the Sudroners).

sincerely, Richmond Mathewson


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