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#102519 - 05/10/03 11:42 AM Re: double dactyls
Faldage and tsuwm: Thank you both for your thorough and specific explanations of double-dactyl scanning. The English-language dictionaries I consulted all gave "oeuvre" two syllables (I hadn't looked it up beforehand). As for "Nowadays, we'd call it," I did hear the (secondary?) stress on "call." Both of these were open questions to me while I was composing.
Coffeebean and Zed: Thanks for your pleasant remarks.
Wofahulicodoc: I enjoyed your poem and agree with its sentiment.
#102520 - 05/10/03 12:10 PM NI =W
Loc: Worcester, MA
"NI3" is Webster's New International Dictionary, 3rd Edition.
in these parts, a.k.a. W3
Autre temps, autre moeurs. "Other times, other customs." Totally fabricated-on-the-spot rationalization why my way is better: why use a three-syllable word when two syllables will do?
By either name I've never liked that dictionary, except maybe to check spelling. I've never forgiven them for including "uninterested" as a synonym for "disinterested." Among other transgressions.
(Besides, who ya gonna believe - me or some strange dictionary?)
#102521 - 05/10/03 12:31 PM Re: NI = W
Loc: this too shall pass
Totally fabricated-on-the-spot rationalization why my way is better: why use a three-syllable word when two syllables will do?
Well-thought-out online casuistry: why use three letters when two will do. regarding W3 trangressions: you have to understand their mission: to provide a description of "American" English. detractors read descriptive as permissive.
(I apologize if I was seeming to correct your usage of NI3; I've just been using W3 here and wanted to provide some continuity.)
#102522 - 05/10/03 01:55 PM Re: NI = W
Loc: Worcester, MA
Yes, I took your usage to be descriptive rather than prescriptive ;-)
I know their mission; I just consider it a sad abrogation of responsibility. I guess that tells me which side of the fence I sit on !
#102523 - 05/10/03 02:03 PM Re: double dactyls
Loc: Louisville, Kentucky
I have difficulty saying 'oeuvre' as one sylLAble.. (Ahem.) You are too sensitive.
#102524 - 05/10/03 02:27 PM Re: double dactyls
Loc: lower upstate New York
I have difficulty saying "oeuvre" at all!
#102525 - 05/10/03 03:26 PM Re: double dactyls
can I get some eggs, please?_________________________
formerly known as etaoin...
#102526 - 05/10/03 04:48 PM Re: double dactyls
some eggs, please
I'll work on it.
#102527 - 05/10/03 07:15 PM Re: No diatribes allowed
OK, sorry to whomever I used to "reply" to but this thread has veered away from the original purpsose...
Dag and I wrote a nice one after working hard to come up with a double dactyl name. Here ya go:
Bass virtuoso, was
Second to none.
He was convinced of his
Taunted a bully, his
Short life was done.
So there! I almost never contribute to these poetry things!
#102528 - 05/11/03 09:59 AM Re: Jeez… OK
bad-mouthed by many
for his perceived crime
Had he not done it then
Christian religion would
just be small time.
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