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#81533 - 09/23/02 01:03 PM Teachers of Spanish  
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Amusing note on another board I read.

Woman was relating a college experience to a supervisor and referred to her "Spanish professor" only to be corrected by her supervisor, "... let's say professor who taught Spanish ..."

Is "Spanish professor" too ambiguous?

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#81534 - 09/23/02 01:10 PM Re: Teachers of Spanish  
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When I read "Spanish professor," I immediately thought that this was someone who taught Spanish. I don't think it would be a bottom line requirement to say, "My professor who teaches Spanish..."

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#81535 - 09/23/02 01:11 PM Re: Ambiguous?  
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Not to me. I think the supervisor was pulling a Faldage on her.


#81536 - 09/23/02 01:11 PM Re: Teachers of Spanish  
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California must have many Hispanic professors, but I doubt that any of them are Spanish.


#81537 - 09/23/02 03:37 PM Re: Teachers of Spanish  
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#81538 - 09/23/02 04:25 PM Re: Teachers of Spanish  
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My math teacher was a polymath.


#81539 - 09/23/02 04:44 PM Re: Teachers of Spanish  
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If this was an oral thing (as opposed to written down) there is a difference in how they are said:

SPAnish professor - professor who teaches Spanish
spanish proFESSor - professor who is Spanish

At least when I would say them out loud there is a subtle difference. (The emphasis is somewhat more subtle than the caps I used, but there is no intermediate size!)


#81540 - 09/23/02 05:03 PM Re: Pulling my own Faldage  
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I'm assuming this was a spoken exchange (or would that be an exchange that was spoken?) and I would say:

A) if it was spoken with the main emphasis on Span- it should be taken as meaning the professor who taught the Spanish language.

2) If it were spoken with the emphasis on the -fess- and the rest of the phrase were spoken with a relatively low emphasis then it could be taken as meaning my professor who is Spanish.

But Note:

If the phrase is to be taken as meaning a professor who was of Spanish nationality, the implications of the phrase "my Spanish professor" smack of some rather unsettling ideas about ownership.


#81541 - 09/23/02 05:14 PM my three words' worth  
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All of the above.

The usual meaning of Spanish Professor is "Professor of Spanish." The rest is commentary.

Wordsworth said "We murder to dissect." I thought at first it was T S Eliot. Or maybe Dylan Thomas. Good thing I checked!
Truly we do, sometimes.


#81542 - 09/24/02 08:48 PM Faldaging  
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the supervisor was pulling a Faldage on her

Shouldn't that be dumping a Faldage on her?


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