scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Re: Webelos and Sheep
Neil Lupton (NeilLup@AOL.COM
Fri Feb 04 2000 - 16:41:34 CST
In a message dated 2/4/00 5:28:27 PM, dtlfor@BRIGHT.NET writes:
<< I'm not sure about that. Wolf and Bear are obviously nouns, but we talk
about Wolf Dens and Bear Dens. There is some grammar term (apositive?)
that is used for nouns used in this way.
- Tee >>
I rarely speak "ex cathedra" (not being a Pope) but on this one topic in
Scouting, I feel comfortable doing so.
In 1975, I was a cochairman of the National Subcommittee which wrote the
Webelos to Scout Transition program, developed the Webelos badge, put the
requirements more in line with Boy Scouting, etc.
One topic we discussed was the grammar of the word Webelos. The specific
question asked was "Is it correct to say 'I am a Webelos' ".Bob Untch, who
was then National Director of Cub Scouting said, "The word Webelos is an
adjective and should always be used as an adjective." Our group reviewed
this and DECIDED -- The word Webelos is an adjective and should always be
used as such.
So not to spoil the fun and the debate but unless someone has decided
differently, Webelos is an adjective and should always be used as such.
The construction "I am a Webelos" is, I think, correct though. My very
distant memory is that the construction is called an adverbial objective in
which an adjective follows the verb to be. (Sister Mary Elephant would be
proud of me)
Of course if that is wrong, I am sure one of the excellent English teachers
on the list will correct this poor scientist.