[Ads-l] Is it just me?

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Mon Dec 8 19:43:54 UTC 2014


Here's another one:

"It is more common in women than in men, _although_ about a third of those
affected are male."

IMO, this thought is properly expressed as,

"It is more common in women than in men, since only about a third of those
affected are male / with only about a third of those affected being male."

OTOH, I give the writer his props for using "more common in women than _in_
men," instead of the sloppy "more common in women than men [are common in
women]" structure that takes an unnecessary extra nanosecond of analysis to
process.

Since no one else has yet commented, I assume that it is only I peeved by
this.

Oh, well. "Sad on me," as we say in the 'hood.

Youneverknow.

On Mon, Dec 8, 2014 at 3:06 AM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:

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> Or do other people find this kind of use of "(al)though" to be bizarre?
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> "_Although_ originating in the metropolis at the mouth of the Mississippi
> River, New Orleans blues, with its Afro-Caribbean rhythmic traits, is
> distinct from the sound of the Mississippi Delta blues."
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> I see this use of "(al)though" *everywhere and, to coin a phrase, "it gets
> my goat"! It doesn't add up! Are people no longer aware of the semantics of
> this word?
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-Wilson
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All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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