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#114143 - 10/29/03 10:29 AM Re: down  
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well, I'm sorry, WW. perhaps it was my f*ck mantling that diverted attention from your wonderful find. I couldn't find a good word so I just used sex...

hey, there's one: sex




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#114144 - 10/29/03 10:41 AM Re: down  
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Well, since I seem to have been the unintentional catalyst for your malaise d'esprit, WW, I had better aploogise for any pain caused. If it makes you feel better, I think that every one of the regulars would have experienced the sensation of having some gem, of which they were particularly proud, overlooked as a common bauble. It's certainly happened to me a few times, and I've cerainly been guilty of doing the overlooking more than once as well. Still, if any place is a meritocracy, this place is, so the best you can do is keep turning out the gems, and know that, sooner or later, some will be recognised and appreciated.


#114145 - 10/29/03 11:35 AM Re: down  
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But: If you said to a dog, "Down!" wouldn't that be an interjection? That would be six, wouldn't it?

I respectfully disagree. If you said "Down!" to a dog, you would be issuing a command with the implied verb "get." Down is a preposition here (either that or an adverb -- it's too early for me to tell). Unless of course you had just poured the dog a martini and were ordering him to drink it, in which case you would be uttering a command with the verb "to down" in the imperative.


#114146 - 10/29/03 05:27 PM Re: down  
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...no one even noticed that I found a word that could reasonably function as seven out of eight parts of speech.

I'm down with that.



#114147 - 10/30/03 08:31 AM Re: down  
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And, Alex, you're absolutely correct about "Down!" as was somebody else.

You all:

I apologize for my outburst the other night. It had been a bad day at school--my kids had turned in really horrible examples of writing. I just groaned and felt completely 'down' because it seemed that they simply were refusing to use their brains. So, I came here for respite--and I just felt that even here when at least I'd gone beyond Max's four nobody had noticed. On an ordinary day, I would have thought, just as someone pointed out above, "Oh, well. Nobody noticed. Big deal. It happens around here all the time." But I was just so terribly stressed out with worry and disappointment over my kids--and so I blew up here. It does seem that certain people here are noticed for every breath they take and others are ignored for turning pretty cool linguistic flips. And I'm as guilty as the next person for not taking note of those flips each time.

Anyway, I do apologize for being so stupidly hypersensitive night before last, and I'll try to mend my ways.

So, which word in the language functions as the most parts of speech? What is 'down' down to now with the astute corrections you all have provided? Noun, verb, adverb, adjective, preposition. Five. Have many did Faldage's OED 'while' citation list?


#114148 - 10/30/03 11:38 AM Re: Faldage's OED citation  
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Noun, adverb, adjective, conunction, preposition, verb.

That's, umm, lessee… 1, 2, … ,6!


#114149 - 10/30/03 11:09 PM Re: Faldage's OED citation  
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I'll mention your while for a while, Faldage, after we've covered all those parts of speech--sometime this spring since we're still working at a feverish pitch (and a loud one, too, at times) on prepositions, nouns and objective case pronouns.

I especially like your conunction. Just had to...


#114150 - 10/31/03 03:24 PM Re: Faldage's OED citation  
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Just had to...

Hey, better you than a lot of people I could think of.


#114151 - 10/31/03 10:10 PM Re: down  
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Dear Wordwind. We girls should not let the cocky win-at-any-cost voice of the insecure males of our species change reality just to preem. Mr. faldage is a type example.

All words are interjections to dogs! Communication requires comprehension. A dog has no conception of "down", he reacts. "Down" is therefore an interjection. Tell faldage to go kiss a cow!

Don't apologize. Make the dolts prove their point.


#114152 - 10/31/03 10:17 PM Re: down  
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It speaks volumes for Wordwind's character that she was prepared to publicly concede that she was wrong, and to apologise for an error. It speaks volumes for yours that you fail to grasp this.


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