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Re^4: poll ideas quest 2016

by jaredor (Priest)
on May 20, 2016 at 05:55 UTC ( #1163581=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re^3: poll ideas quest 2016
in thread poll ideas quest 2016

True, but my emphasis is on the post-hoc nature of the act. Looking up words before sending the note is so pedestrian; I was trying to succinctly capture the act of looking up the word after it is too late to correct.

I just have to share my favorite malapropism here: At a small social gathering the wife of my friend was trying to find either the word "ravenous" or "famished" but instead went on for some time that she was "ravished, absolutely ravished." She liked to say things in a dramatic way, which really skewed the interpretation of her narrative to the more salacious meanings of the word. It was fun watching her husband, who was torn between correcting her or saying nothing, hoping that the topic would die a natural death.

I learned from her eventual embarassment, so needless to say, I have always used "ravished" correctly in my personal communications since then. :-)

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Re^5: poll ideas quest 2016
by chacham (Prior) on May 20, 2016 at 14:44 UTC

    to succinctly capture the act of looking up the word after it is too late

    Good point. Though, would that not lead to every option's bifurcation? Perhaps just one option for "after"? ... I added "I am afraid i used it incorrectly". Does that capture it well?

    Nice story. :)

      Some bifurcations are worse than others. ;-)

      I'm fine with what you have. If you title case all the first person pronouns then the sentence will be perfect!

      Thank you for humoring me. Also thank you for working on the polls, which I find provide nice "lateral" aspects to ponder.

      PerlMonks: Come for the perl, stay for the lexicography!

        If you title case all the first person pronouns then the sentence will be perfect!

        I started with the lowercasing over a decade ago, and it's just what i do now. Though, as it may look strange (to others), i often restructure the sentence to remove it. I (re)formulated most of options to put "I" at the beginning of the option, but did not come up with decent alternatives for the two options that still have it. Suggestions are welcome. :) Regardless, this is only a poll idea, and the pronoun is usually changes case before going live. Indeed, only one ever made it:

        Thank you for humoring me. Also thank you for working on the polls, which I find provide nice "lateral" aspects to ponder.

        You are most welcome. I too post what i ponder. I know techies like the intricate rules of language. It's a fun topic.

        Come for the perl, stay for the lexicography!

        Perhaps better stated: Come for the perl, stay for the monks!

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