[Ads-l] Is it just me?

Dan Goncharoff thegonch at GMAIL.COM
Tue Dec 9 00:47:18 UTC 2014


I wonder if this is a symptom of the increased use of speech-to-text and
the under-use of a good editor (other than Spellcheck)...

DanG

On Mon, Dec 8, 2014 at 6:52 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
wrote:

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