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Date: Fri, 30 Aug 2002 06:54:17 +1000
To:[Email address blacked out]
Subject: [[Email address blacked out]: Re: [H-CHAT] English...]

This is a mail I got through one of the mailing lists I subscribe to.
In case it's not clear, there's been a *really* long discussion on how
to interpret the title of this "Nerfball" event, and we're all pretty
sick of it.  This is the result.  I love it. ;)

(See, I stole the Captain Pedant idea. ;P)
damian, still hyper, but tired this time as well.

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Date: Thu, 22 Aug 2002 17:49:48 +1000
Subject: Re: [H-CHAT] English...
From:"Anthony Towns" <[Email address blacked out]>

On Thu, Aug 22, 2002 at 02:45:04PM +1000, Greg Black wrote:
> Christopher Biggs wrote:
> | You could argue that the "Third World Nerfball Competition" is held
> | between any number of individuals (or teams) from around the world,
> | while the "Third International Nerfball Competitition" would be
> | restricted to one entrant representing each nation.
> You could argue that, but not with much hope of convincing
> people.  Whether or not any such competition, independently of
> its title, accepted single or multiple entrants from any nation
> would be determined by the rules of the competition, not by the
> interpretation of its title by language pedants.

Ha! That's what *you* think. Right now there are six teenage english
students -- Veronica the vocabulary expert with her ability to have 
fautors of even the most esoteric words replevining their dictionaries,
Gary the grammar guy who not only knows what "nomilization" and 
relative clauses" are, but who has turned making use of them into an 
Lisa the logician with her fingers on all the argumentative fallacies
you're used to getting away with, "Idiomatic Ian" who spends most of 
time giving Gary heart palpitations and sending presents to Veronica,
Francine whose raison d'etre seems to be coming up with bon mots from
just about ever language *but* English, and Derek who can describe in
tedious detail the original source of every word ever spoken right back
through Old English, French, Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Sanskrit, and Grunt
-- regularly reading news papers and listening to the radio and using
their network of unofficial and ocassionally illegal sources, always
on the watch for just such events. And if their initial attempts -- the
endless phonecalls, the petitions from harrassed bystanders, the 
the faxes, the in-your-face stalking, the bomb threats, the kidnappings
and the mutilations -- don't correct your aberrant behaviour, they'll
combine the powers and call upon the unlimited powers of...

                  C A P T A I N    P E D A N T  !!

And you *really* don't want to be around when that happens.

No, best to play it safe when you're naming sporting events.


Anthony Towns <[Email address blacked out]> <[Web address blacked out]</a>>
I don't speak for anyone save myself. GPG signed mail preferred.

 ``If you don't do it now, you'll be one year older when you do.''


Steve P
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