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Thu, 05 Oct 2000 22:39:40 +1000
Oh please. The expression "little Johnny" is not mine. The nickname is
in common use across Australia -- you only have to look in the letters
section of a metropolitan newspaper to find it.
I would have thought it originated in cartoons of John Howard (who is in
fact of average height) being presented as a schoolboy in a uniform with
a cap and tie. Until now I considered it a charicature based on his
mannerisms, not a reference to his height.
My use of the prime minister's nickname in a casually-typed email has no
connection with my views on height, race, religion, Joslings or how to
Tim Josling wrote:
> Well when someone refers to 'Little Richard' (our very own
> internet pioneer Richard Altston) I will believe you. Anyway as
> others pointed out, there are many other adjectives to choose
> Tim Josling
> Fred Pilcher wrote:
> > At 05:06 3/10/00 +1100, Tim Josling wrote:
> > >>...little Johnny...
> > >
> > >Just to advise you that some people find your derogatory use of
> > >terms for short people offensive, and not very useful.
> > But the epithet was never a reference to his height, Tim.
> > Cheers,
> > Fred