Displays: oops, and correction

Subject: Displays: oops, and correction
From: "Hart, Geoff" <Geoff-H -at- MTL -dot- FERIC -dot- CA>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 16 Nov 2000 12:27:43 -0500

In my discussion of displays vs. appears, I commented that <<Although the
word "displays" can certainly be intransitive (e.g., "during the mating
dance, the male peacock displays"), the usage in modern English is
overwhelmingly transitive ("Y displays X")>>

John Renish politely pointed out, off-list, that there's no such thing as a
female peacock, since the species is actually known as "peafowl", and her
ladyship would in fact be a "peahen". Oops! I take refuge in the fact that
nobody else corrected me, and thus, rather than having committed a gross
error, I actually used my exquisite judgment to choose a word appropriate
for a non-ornithological audience. Yeah... that's the ticket! <g>

--Geoff Hart, FERIC, Pointe-Claire, Quebec
geoff-h -at- mtl -dot- feric -dot- ca

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