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Richmond richmondmathewson at gmail.com
Mon Dec 6 13:17:40 EST 2010


On 12/06/2010 07:59 PM, Bob Sneidar wrote:
> Can you rephrase that?

Yes; "Some sentences can go on and on and on."
> Bob
>
>
> On Dec 6, 2010, at 7:25 AM, Walt Brown wrote:
>
>> Some sentences can, when one pauses to reflect on, meditate on, and inwardly
>> digest them, drag on in a way, which with their multiple subordinate,
>> embedded clauses, caveats (and, come to think of things, extra twiddly bits
>> in parentheses (often multiply parenthesised (to a seemingly absurd
>> degree))), serve only to irritate, annoy and otherwise provoke the reader,
>> recipient, interlocutor or other interpreter to shout an extremely
>> non-sentential "F*ck", owing to their final, and ultimately slow, almost
>> stupid, realisation, that sentences are not always so cut-and-dried as to
>> sport only a single, easily identifiable, subject, a verb (possibly phrasal
>> or involving, especially in English, the use of an auxiliary such as "have"
>> or "do", or a modal such as "should", "might", "may", "can/could", "ought
>> to", or "have to") and a simplistic, one-word object (as opposed to a
>> complex noun phrase, possiby also involving multiple embedded clauses); or,
>> to put it another way, or, possibly more idiomatically, "to cut a long story
>> short" (or, when one reflects upon ths sentence, more appositely, "to cut a
>> short story long"); some sentences are, unequivocally, "a pain in the nether
>> regions" (and those for the metaphorically challenged mean the buttocks,
>> bottom, dowp, bottom, arse) that can drive a good man (and, one should add
>> in these egalitarian days that the word 'man' here is used in an
>> all-inclusive fashion embracing women, transgendered people and eunuchs as
>> well as men Ding-an-Sich) to thoughts of despair or even suicide.
>>
>>
>> Some sentences can hurt a lot . . .  :)
>>
>> Love, kisses and funny moises, Richmond.
>
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