Language and English

From: Ian Koller <>
Date: Fri Jan 4 11:06:28 2002

Hello Dick,

  I get the impression, which may not be correct, that you
may be retired, because of the greater amount of time that
you are able to devote to reading and responding to newsgroup

  If this is so, that would mean you encountered an educational
system at a previous date in time that may have been more formal
than that which I encountered.

  Question. Did you ever study Latin? Was Latin offered in your
school system? It was not offered in mine, but since I recently
have been in contact with people in France, Italy, Germany, and
Spain, I believe having studied the root language of all the
"romance" languages would have proven helpful now. I'll bet that
when Latin no longer became a requirement in many educational
programs, there was more than one that must have felt that
that was a sign of deteriorating standards.

Richard Erlacher wrote:
> 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.
> Dick
> ----- 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 - 11:06:28 GMT

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