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Thread #59418   Message #2841056
Posted By: Amos
16-Feb-10 - 01:32 PM
Thread Name: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
See, you have no sense of context and are being obstreperously narrow-minded. The context here was defined by youe reference to viewing others as your social betters--a wise impulse on your part,, BTW.

However, you correctly point out that we have no tradition of referring to people as our "worsers".

The rigid small-minded recitations of grammar which you emulate are a recent invention. In the nineteenth century, it was not uncommon to refer to those of lower social ordinates as one's "lessers".

'lesser - a thing that is of smaller size, value, importance etc; Comparative form of little: more little; of two things, the smaller in size, value, importance etc."

en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Lesser