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Compulsory or optional?

You have words - now what do you do with them?

Postby Bailey » Wed Aug 16, 2006 8:44 pm

how does a Gumby hurt?

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Postby gailr » Wed Aug 16, 2006 10:00 pm

sluggo, sluggo, sluggo, have you learnt nothing?

The compulsory response is that, although several have pointed out various difficulties with the statements as presented, it is optional for people to present thoughts however they wish, even if suspecting that they may give us a mixed message. All usages are Right and True, if they are comprehensible to the speaker.

Any other course will result in being frog-marched through The Elements of Style, until you admit that you could care less. :wink:

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Postby Palewriter » Wed Aug 16, 2006 10:37 pm

gailr wrote:All usages are Right and True, if they are comprehensible to the speaker. Any other course will result in being frog-marched through The Elements of Style, until you admit that you care less. -gailr


Ever erudite, gailr. I must say I was flummoxed by the course of this thread. Like my Dad used to say, "Better to keep Mum."

I do love the visual of being frog-marched* through The Elements of Style, though. "Wait, officers...please desist....my participles are dangling, dammit."

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* Frog-march (1871) originated among London police and referred to their method of moving "a drunken or refractory prisoner" by carrying him face-down between four people, each holding a limb; the connection with frog perhaps being the notion of going along belly-down. By the 1930s, the verb was used in ref. to the much more efficient (but less frog-like) method of getting someone in an arm-behind-the-back hold and hustling him or her along like that.
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Postby malachai » Wed Aug 16, 2006 11:16 pm

gailr wrote:sluggo, sluggo, sluggo, have you learnt nothing?

The compulsory response is that, although several have pointed out various difficulties with the statements as presented, it is optional for people to present thoughts however they wish, even if suspecting that they may give us a mixed message. All usages are Right and True, if they are comprehensible to the speaker.


If that's a comment on my comments, let me just say: I never said that. You've misunderstood me. And if I did ever say that, I was wrong.

Any other course will result in being frog-marched through The Elements of Style, until you admit that you care less.


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