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by Erik_Kowal
Wed Feb 09, 2005 7:24 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: one-handed literature
Replies: 7
Views: 3652

one-handed literature

The second-hand bookshop must be the true nexus of the porn shop and the pawn shop.
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Feb 09, 2005 7:57 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: couples
Replies: 39
Views: 35919

couples

Indeed so. After reading Mark Twain on the subject of the German language at http://www.crossmyt.com/hc/linghebr/awfgrmlg.html , I am tempted to conclude that Hans Joerg has most likely learned his nine other languages in an attempt to escape the horrors of the TALE OF THE FISHWIFE AND ITS SAD FATE ...
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Feb 09, 2005 7:00 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: mnemonics
Replies: 16
Views: 13951

mnemonics

You should be congratulated on your witty use of the sharp symbol, Bob. Truly an inspiration to all of us!

How about Every Body Gets Dressed And Exits for the rock guitarists, not least as the culmination of a highly memorable concert?
by Erik_Kowal
Wed Feb 09, 2005 12:07 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: number agreement, synesis, and the singular ‘their’
Replies: 20
Views: 14226

number agreement, synesis, and the singular ‘their’

Louis, I continue to be nonplussed by the fact that although you continue to insist that "words do not have meaning, people do”, you make absolutely no concessions to other people's difficulty in understanding the typical presentation of your postings. These are usually filled with eccentricities of...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Feb 08, 2005 9:56 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Me myself personally.
Replies: 4
Views: 6070

Me myself personally.

While I have not researched my observation systematically, I have noticed that the non-standard use of 'myself' seems to be a particular feature of the English that is spoken in Ireland and possibly some of the Scottish islands. Examples might be as follows: "Well now, if that isn't himself talking ...
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Feb 08, 2005 10:24 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: one-handed literature
Replies: 7
Views: 3652

one-handed literature

Certainly, if the bird is wearing high heels.
by Erik_Kowal
Tue Feb 08, 2005 9:31 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: couples
Replies: 39
Views: 35919

couples

Ken, it's interesting to see how we would make (or would have made) different choices for similar reasons. Clearly I must reconsider some of my assumptions concerning 'correct' current usage.
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Feb 07, 2005 8:13 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: couples
Replies: 39
Views: 35919

couples

To answer your conundrum as fully as possible, Ken, let's look at the essence of the propositions contained in the specimen sentence. Expressing them as neutrally as possible, I take them to mean that a) It is difficult to find a central radiation waste site, because b) nobody wants it located near ...
by Erik_Kowal
Mon Feb 07, 2005 4:47 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: couples
Replies: 39
Views: 35919

couples

Louis, this is the first time I have heard it suggested that clarity is the opposite of politeness. On the other hand, in your postings it seems to be struggling to survive being smothered by your ubiquitous and inscrutable quotation marks, inter alia -- and losing.
by Erik_Kowal
Sun Feb 06, 2005 6:31 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: couples
Replies: 39
Views: 35919

couples

Ahmed, electrical storms do happen when snow falls, albeit relatively uncommonly. See http://www.weatherwise.org/qr/qry.thunderblizzard.html for a discussion of this phenomenon by an NOAA meteorologist. Could you explain your last sentence if it is not simply a statement of the obvious? Perhaps I ha...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Feb 05, 2005 7:22 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: couples
Replies: 39
Views: 35919

couples

Though I am pleased that Bill Walsh agrees with my conclusion (and this does not seem like an instance of synesis to me because I think the quantification of the snow amount, not gut feeling, governs the singular vs. plural verb decision in the case in point), it would be more idiomatic to say "Seve...
by Erik_Kowal
Sat Feb 05, 2005 3:47 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: couples
Replies: 39
Views: 35919

couples

Of course, Phil, there are many examples of nouns like 'police' which can be treated as either singular or plural depending on the situation, of which you have cited quite a number of examples, but I don't think this is one of those instances. It's hard to pinpoint exactly why this is so, but I woul...
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Feb 03, 2005 7:34 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: couples
Replies: 39
Views: 35919

couples

Similarly, we should not forget John Mortimer's lawyer creation, Rumpole, whose wife he has dubbed She Who Must Be Obeyed.
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Feb 03, 2005 12:15 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: reversing quotes
Replies: 11
Views: 7493

reversing quotes

Bob, you may not know it, but we discussed the subject of the language settings of Microsoft Word at length (not to say ad nauseam ) in the topic http://www.wordwizard.com/phpbb3/viewtopic.php?t=7405. In that thread I suggested ways in which the phenomenon you describe could be avoided. Since then I...
by Erik_Kowal
Thu Feb 03, 2005 3:29 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: couples
Replies: 39
Views: 35919

couples

From reviewing a variety of opinions, to me it seems evident that until our English-speaking societies are able to agree on the social and/or legal status of the individual members of unmarried couples (whether gay or straight), the question of which term to use mainly depends on personal preference...