Language and English

From: Richard Erlacher <>
Date: Fri Jan 4 09:44:24 2002

Gee ... judging from the net unwillingness to use normal "adult"
punctuation, captitalization, etc, it does look as though you're doing it
just to be "cute." I can't think of a single reason, otherwise, why one
would one do that?

When I was in the 8th grade, one of the courses we were required to take was
in typing. I've never gotten particularly good at it, but I did learn that
a period at the end of a sentence is followed by two spaces, for example.
In about the first grade, I learned that the first letter in a sentence is
customarily capitalized. Why? I don't know, but it appears to be the
custom. As a consequence, the absence of these basic features makes one's
writing harder to read. The odd-length lines of text don't help
readability, either. It's also customary to insert a blank line between
paragraphs. That, surely, is to enhance readability. If you want people to
read your stuff, you've got to make it easy for them.

If you insist on writing in a style reminiscent of E. E. Cummings poetry,
you may find that your messages are read by readers of this forum with about
the same frequency as E.E. Cummings' work, which might be a shame, in case
you really do have something significant to contribute. or in case I'm the
only one who doesn't read much Cummings.


----- Original Message -----
From: <>
To: <>
Sent: Friday, January 04, 2002 6:13 AM
Subject: Re: Language and English

> this may help
> i am 38 years old, so there is nothing about my typing style
> where i am trying to be cute.
> i collect any computer i can get my hands on.
> i am developing an operating system and a multimedia program
> to create movies.
> i use a newer computer to produce records.
> i am also working out, as i was talking about
> in the original thread that got off track, a distributed
> os to control robots and also a custom computer
> to do the same.
> i guess thats it.
> joee
Received on Fri Jan 04 2002 - 09:44:24 GMT

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