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#114452 - 10/27/03 01:49 PM Re: uber-urbanality
Capfka Offline
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Registered: 06/28/02
Posts: 1624
Loc: Utter Placebo, Planet Reebok
Priest, judge, paid-up pedant - I think he can fend for himself and get away with it! He has all the necessary qualifications ...


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#114453 - 10/27/03 02:13 PM Re: uber-urbanality
moss Offline
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Registered: 10/18/01
Posts: 104
I think he can fend for himself and get away with it!

Agreed, he can "fend" for himself, were there any need for him to do so ... which there isn't.

BTW if there were any need for further proof that Father Steve is not a "pedant", we need only observe that Father Steve admitted to being a "pedant" which surely no true pedant would ever do.




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#114454 - 10/28/03 04:50 AM Re: uber-urbanality
AndrewsGhost Offline
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Registered: 10/14/03
Posts: 43
Loc: Alaska
*wonders how much the classes at UUU cost, what the entry prerequisites are, and if they have a nice catalog with snazzy pictures to send to inquisitive potentials*



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#114455 - 10/28/03 07:45 AM Re: musick's double dactyl
AnnaStrophic Offline
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Registered: 03/15/00
Posts: 6511
Loc: lower upstate New York
Extra-ordín-ary!

That was beautiful music, musick. It even scanned and stuff.


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#114456 - 10/28/03 11:49 AM backs from the lookwards side
musick Offline
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Registered: 12/24/00
Posts: 2658
Loc: Chicago
Thanks...

... I wuz waitin' fer someone to claim there's three syllables in "googling", but.


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#114457 - 11/02/03 12:46 PM Re: backs from the lookwards side
moss Offline
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I wuz waitin' fer someone to claim there's three syllables in "googling"

'Tis a pity that anyone should have to worry about such a quibble.

Personally, I don't see the connection between love of the language, which presumably draws us all to AWADtalk in the first place, and obsessiveness about formal rules and structure which draws attention away from substance.

An ounce of originality is worth a pound of pedantry, if not in AWADtalk, at least in the real world.

Interesting that originality seldom surfaces without breaking someone's time-honored conventions. No doubt, the first outbreak of originality is always a scandal to some.

So it was with the first person who used the phrase "the hoi polloi" because it sounded more right to the ordinary english ear than to the rule-bound ear of a scholar.


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#114458 - 11/02/03 02:12 PM Re: backs from the lookwards side
musick Offline
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'Tis a pity that anyone should have to worry about such a quibble.

Well, I wouldn't characterize it as a "worry", that seems tenfold intense than I was... another missing wink from my fingertips, I guess.

Personally, I don't see the connection between love of the language,(nor do I) which presumably draws us all to AWADtalk in the first place, and obsessiveness about formal rules and structure which draws attention away from substance.

Well, let's not get philosophical, but, whether or not the attention I pay to breaking formal rules and structure "proves the rule by it's exception", "obsessiveness"... I just don't see it reach anywhere near that level. From what I can tell silence seems to a better tool for critcism... but then, I'm used to silence.

An ounce of originality is worth a pound of pedantry, if not in AWADtalk, at least in the real world.

Interesting that originality seldom surfaces without breaking someone's time-honored conventions.
Spoken like a true "Ron Obvious"No doubt, the first outbreak of originality is always a scandal to some.

I've never equated 'obsessiveness' with 'scandal', but lemme werk on that one fer awhile...

So it was with the first person who used the phrase "the hoi polloi" because it sounded more right to the ordinary english ear than to the rule-bound ear of a scholar.

Hmmm... aside from a 'rule-bound ear' having as much (quite often more) claim on 'ordinary' than any other ear, something tells me there was no "right sound" in the ordinary ear to compare with when combining *English with a new, foreign word/word phrase.

Ya parbably had to be there...


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#114459 - 11/02/03 03:11 PM Re: backs from the lookwards side
Faldage Offline
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Posts: 13803
Ya parbably had to be there…

Don't it just set your teeth on edge when people add unnecessary syllables to words?


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#114460 - 11/02/03 03:59 PM Re: backs from the lookwards side
musick Offline
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Registered: 12/24/00
Posts: 2658
Loc: Chicago


I wuz just tryin' to keep from payin' a *royalty®.


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#114461 - 11/02/03 05:40 PM Re: silly balls
maverick Offline
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Registered: 09/15/00
Posts: 4757
unnecessary... 5
unrequired... 3.5
unneeded... 3
redundant... 3

;)


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