[Ads-l] Is it just me?

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Mon Dec 8 21:10:25 UTC 2014


Close to being a non sequitur in any case.

Just because 2/3 of the *affected* are women does not mean that it is "more
common" percentage-wise in all women than it is in all men.

I would have said "but" rather than "although." I think "although" implies
a closer coordination.

JL

On Mon, Dec 8, 2014 at 2:43 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:

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> Here's another one:
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> "It is more common in women than in men, _although_ about a third of those
> affected are male."
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> 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.
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> 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.
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> Youneverknow.
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> 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?
> >
> > "_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."
> >
> > 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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