Mao, Pol Pot and Social Engineers

Dennis Putnam dap1 at MINDSPRING.COM
Sat Nov 22 18:12:16 MST 1997


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At 03:33 PM 11/22/97 -0500, you wrote:
>
>Dennis,
>
>        I wonder of Ma's "songfroid" is an attempt to render a fairly common
>English load word from the French "sangfroid."  It means composure or
>imperturbability.  Ma may have been trying to compliment you even as he was
>taking a shot at Ken with his seemingly snide Texas reference.
>
>        Just a guess.
>

He did later say he meant 'sangfroid' but hardly seemed like it fit the
context as a compliment. Oh, well, I've been called a lot worse. :-)

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