[Ads-l] Why I miss that comma

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Thu Nov 19 11:54:33 UTC 2015


These people need to learn that time is money.

JL

On Wed, Nov 18, 2015 at 10:34 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:

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> "Their languages were Celtic ones, today represented by Welsh, Irish and
> Breton across the Channel in France."
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> isn't meant to be completed as something like:
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> "... Welsh, Irish and Breton across the Channel in France, Manx on the Isle
> of Man, and Cornish in Cornwall."
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> Understanding that probably takes less than a nanosecond of extra mental
> effort, but why is there felt a need to delay understanding by any degree
> whatsoever?
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> come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
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