Language and English

From: Richard Erlacher <>
Date: Fri Jan 4 13:09:39 2002

Well ... I said I didn't read his work much ... I do seem to remember though
... never a capital, not even in his name ... <sigh>


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From: "Doc" <>
To: <>
Sent: Friday, January 04, 2002 10:05 AM
Subject: Re: Language and English

> On Fri, 4 Jan 2002, Richard Erlacher wrote:
> > When I was in the 8th grade, one of the courses we were required to take
> > in typing. I've never gotten particularly good at it, but I did learn
> > a period at the end of a sentence is followed by two spaces, for
> Wow. I really _do_ learn something new every day. Cool. (Never took
> typing, and, in fact, make do with the left index finger.)
> > If you insist on writing in a style reminiscent of E. E. Cummings
> > you may find that your messages are read by readers of this forum with
> > the same frequency as E.E. Cummings' work, which might be a shame, in
> > you really do have something significant to contribute. or in case I'm
> > only one who doesn't read much Cummings.
> Nah, I like ee cummings. And not to nitpick, but your rendering of
> his name is incorrect. I do detest the fact that the owners of the
> copyrights to his work systematically search the web for quotes of his
> poetry, and complain and/or sue. That is, however, a whole other
> thread.
> cummings' poetry is entirely without capitalization, and mostly
> without punctuation, but he used line placement and his phrasing to
> pull the reader *gracefully* through a poem. Assuming, naturally, that
> you enjoy his work. I submit that as an advanced literary skill,
> rather than a lack of training.
> I submit further that none of the mortals on the classiccmp list have
> evolved to that literary level.
> I also don't think that an objection to intentionally poor
> communication is snobbery. I don't smoke, and I don't allow smoking in
> my house. It is a matter of preserving a healthy, comfortable
> environment. While I don't flatter myself that this is "my" list, I
> joined it because the virtual environment is comfortable.
> Before anyone asks, "Yes." The arguments and the general codger
> factor were/are a large part of the draw. Technical flame wars are the
> WWF of the modern bit-nibbling crowd.
> Doc
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