Linguistic commentary from a guy who takes things too literally

Rampant Speculation

Posted by Neal on May 25, 2004

Last weekend I went to Austin to see my sister graduate from the University of Texas (congratulations, Ellen!). During the visit with Mom, Dad, Glen, and Ellen, we had several conversations about English grammar, and just before they took me to the airport for my return flight, Dad was complaining about the strange vocabulary used by airline employees. Now for years, he’s expressed his dislike of the word deplane, meaning “to disembark.” (“To deplane should mean to remove planes from someone!”) This time, though, he had an item that was new to me: the use of ramp to refer to what the rest of us call the runway or the tarmac. more

4 Responses to “Rampant Speculation”

  1. […] you’re saying. “You mean the same Ellen who graduated from UT Austinin 2004 has now completed medical […]

  2. […] forth on the proper usage of words such as ramp and […]

  3. […] when she was young, who was subjected to stupid linguistic humor from her brothers as a girl, who graduated from UTexas, earned her MD, and is now doing her residency?) One thing I’ve admired about Ellen since she […]

  4. […] often blogged about different, kinds, of ambiguity, here. But I was surprised to find that I couldn’t fit this ambiguity […]

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