[Ads-l] Is it just me?

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Mon Dec 8 23:52:30 UTC 2014


> "Though / But, 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."

In this case, neither intro word is necessary or appropriate.

JL

On Mon, Dec 8, 2014 at 6:01 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:

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> On Mon, Dec 8, 2014 at 4:10 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
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> >
> >
> > 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.
> >
>
> Okay, you've forced me to make an agonizing re-appraisal.
>
> "Though / But, 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."
>
> That's a rebuttal. But, there's nothing to rebut. Nowhere previous in the
> article has there been any discussion of the genres of the blues at all,
> nor even the slightest hint that there exists any variety in the blues.
>
> So, why not simply:
>
> "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."
>
> "It is more common in women than in men, _although, but_ about a third of
> those affected are male."
>
> > Close to being a non sequitur in any case.
>
> I think "being nonsensical" is the phrase that you're reaching for.
>
> --
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