synonyms

Richmond Mathewson richmondmathewson at gmail.com
Tue Jul 4 21:55:01 CEST 2017


Thou hast no need at all to be pompous, just a wee bit old-fashioned.

Thou art more than welcome me to the extremely select club of language 
nutters (current membership: 1 and a few stray Mennonites)
who want to bring Thou, thee, they and thine back into mainstream 
English usages.

Membership is free, and thou art not required to wear a daft uniform, 
change thy dietary habits, take any odd vows, or
reassess thy personal hygiene regime . . .

However, if thou usest the middle-finger in any way whatsoever thou wilt 
be expelled forthwith, fifthwith and sixthwith!

None of our membership have become obsessive enough to remove their 
middle-finger, Yet!

Richmond.

On 7/4/17 10:43 pm, Mark Wieder via use-livecode wrote:
> On 07/04/2017 11:34 AM, Mark Waddingham via use-livecode wrote:
>> It was a generic 'you' and not you 'you' :)
>>
>> I think part of my brain decided on 'one' there but my fingers 
>> objected ('when' should have been 'one').
>>
>> Indeed in this instance 'one' in both places probably would have been 
>> better, however I always feel like that sounds slightly pompous...
>
> LOL
>
> Yes, "one" would maybe have been more syntactically correct but made 
> you feel pompous. "You" in both places emphasizes the lexical 
> ambiguity. So even though the sentence would be diagrammed the same 
> way (the bytecode implementation would be identical) they feel 
> completely different.
>
> So... aren't you glad we have synonyms? <g>
>
> And placing the sentence in passive voice would eliminate the above 
> problems by allowing a different creative process to take place. Thus 
> my argument for synonyms: not that it makes much (if any) difference 
> at the engine level, but it allows for some right-brain interaction in 
> what would otherwise be a completely left-brain activity.
>



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