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Re: Theos-World Re: TS Membership Trend

May 15, 2008 12:10 PM
by Drpsionic

Actually, it is the variants of American vocabulary, which actually changes from state to state.? People in Wisconsin use different words than people in Illinois and they are right next to each other.

Chuck the Heretic 

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From: MKR <>
Sent: Thu, 15 May 2008 10:56 am
Subject: Re: Theos-World Re: TS Membership Trend

American vocabulary is always a problem for those who grew up with English
vocabulary. The classic example was someone looking to paste some paper
clippings went to the office supply store and asked for "gum" and was
confused when a packet of gum was handed over. The other example was someone
wanting to get pencil eraser went to office store asking for rubber.


On 5/15/08, <> wrote:
> It also depends on how folks have reacted to her.? Now, I'll admit to a
> being a bit prejudiced in my judgement because my first experience with
> Radha was very funny and very embarrassing for Olcott.
> She gave a talk, and like all such talks I have no memory of what it was
> about because I never pay attention to such things but went to be among
> friends.? So as I sat in the audience, bored out of my mind and being kept
> awake only by the rather conspicuous snoring of one of the other people in
> the audience, I noticed that Radha had a little problem with idiomatic
> American.? She was repeating the phrase "Eternal Verities" using the
> proto-American meaning which is "eternal truths" but in American idiom it
> means "Old Wives' Tales" or "Outright Lies."? And she kept repeating it,
> over and over and over again.
> The audience, as a result, was experiencing a profound cognitive
> disconnect, not quite being able to figure out what that strange creature on
> the platform was trying to say!? After the talk, everyone was very polite
> and did not laugh at her, where she would hear it, but out of her earshot
> the consensus was that in that election we had a choice between a lunatic
> and a moron and we had voted for the moron.? Dora Kunz, who was the US
> National President at the time and not known for keeping her opinions to
> herself, was wondering aloud how she could keep Radha from speaking in
> public again and repeating the word "dreadful" over and over again.? I, on
> the other hand, was so enjoying the unintended comedy that I was rather
> hoping for a repeat performance.
> And for years afterwards Radha was referred to around Olcott as "our
> less-than-esteemed international President."
> Chuck the Heretic
> -----Original Message-----
> From: kpauljohnson < <>>
> To: <>
> Sent: Thu, 15 May 2008 6:23 am
> Subject: Theos-World Re: TS Membership Trend
> Dear Pedro,
> I grant your point that Radha has been no slacker at nurturing the
> grassroots with visits around the world. Which is why I wondered if the
> events in Canada, Denmark, and Yugoslavia account for the overall
> loss. Why so much shrinkage outside India and so much growth within it?
> Can you give us more perspective on the South American membership trend
> which runs counter to the rest of the world outside India, if I'm not
> mistaken? Some years ago I did a google trends search on Blavatsky and
> found Brazil at the top of the list-- here's where it stands now:
> Did something happen in SA in early 2007 to cause a huge spike of
> interest in HPB?
> Paul
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