this just in: sign no longer arbitrary. Saussure spinning in grave major source of carbon emissions
I just learned via Crooked Timber that back in the 90s, the Republican "environmental" "plan" (basically repealing the Clean Air Act and delaying changes in emission standards) was headed up by two senators. Their names are - wait for it -
Delay (R-TX) and Doolittle (R-CA).
As one commentator on Crooked Timber puts it "I think it casts serious doubt on Saussure’s principle of the ‘arbitrariness of the sign’."