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#99018 - 03/18/03 10:54 AM yet another logomachistic link (yall)
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I don't think this one has been mentioned here before. (Jackie, note the reference to John McPhee!)


#99019 - 03/18/03 05:57 PM Re: yet another logomachistic link (yall)
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Yes, he is a fine author who uses many words that are new to me, and he's not just rodomontading, either. [dig e]
Here's the quote the site has: As if in a minor earthquake, the truck trembled for minutes after he was gone, its corrosive fluid seiching back and forth.
I notice, though, that at one point the writer (on the site, not Mr. McPhee) says "an 1839", and in another place he has "a 1864". I saw the latter first, and wondered if it was some variant usage.

#99020 - 03/19/03 06:02 AM Re: One in five ha(s,ve)
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Yet Another Case of grammar by meaning vs. grammar by form. No one would think of saying twenty percent has.

#99021 - 03/19/03 06:50 AM Re: One in five ha(s,ve)
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The discussion of the word "sieche" was interesting, because it was used, in a slightly altered form, by Frank Herbert to describe the cave-dwellings of the Arrakis Fremen in the Dune books. Some sieches had large underground lakes. I wonder if there is a causal relationship?

- Pfranz

#99022 - 03/19/03 04:51 PM Re: One in five ha(s,ve)
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>grammar by meaning vs. grammar by form

well yeah; if you're really talking about a sample of five people, I suppose you should say 'one in five has', but if your sample is 100..
-ron o.


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