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star at starshine.org
Thu Sep 1 09:30:49 MSD 2005
> > -- Do you want an apple or a banana?
> > -- Yes.
> -- "Do you want to go skiing or scuba diving?"
> -- "What answer other than 'yes' were you expecting?"
> > -- [dumbfounded] What??
> > -- I want both.
> "Visualize the power of 'and'."
Funny you should mention that. One of my favorite things to do to torture
people who come up with convoluted but somehow incomplete descriptions is to
llook up at them sweetly and say in a tone that resembles "please continue"
Since they thought they were finished (though goodness knows why since
they're barely sure what they are asking) this tends to make them pause and
tumble over the sentence in their head several times while I shake it for
its loose change, checking if there's enough in there to buy a ticket on
the clue train. Often, this forced pause does some good, and there's few
pleasures I favor more than seeing the light bulb going on over someone's
In this case, however, two words would have been better than one. "No,
> > That always throws me when people say that. But it's eventually clear
> > they mean "both". But these "is" sentences, I'm not even sure what they
> > mean.
When we're squabbling over what is is, we're pretty sad. Admit it, let it
be. c/~ whisper words of wisdom, let it be.
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