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[IP] RE: "a diabetic" vs. "diabetic"

>Date: Tue, 8 Oct 2002 20:50:25 -0500
>From: "jhughey" <email @ redacted>
>Subject: [IP] Re: "a diabetic" vs. "diabetic"

> >As to those that don't see a difference between "being a
> >diabetic" and
> >"having diabetes" I extend my sympathy.

>I'll throw in here that the subject line that was originated by the
>originator should have said *a diabetic* vs. *a person with diabetes*. Is
>saying it is not okay to say, "I am a diabetic" but it is okay to say "I am
>diabetic?"  Is there a big hairy difference?

That is precisely what I meant.  Do you not hear the difference in I am a
diabetic vs. I am diabetic?

Maybe you need something more distant.  Try saying She is an asthmatic and
then She is asthmatic.   See what images each usage produces.  I see a
significant difference.  You may not.  YMMV

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