Friday pun, was: Re: Copyright puntuation

Subject: Friday pun, was: Re: Copyright puntuation
From: Peter Neilson <neilson -at- alltel -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Fri, 14 Apr 2006 10:57:29 -0400

The same analysis seems to apply in the other four languages
I quoted earlier. Because it's Friday, I'll also mention that
my pun, "all rights reversed," seems to work in French,
Spanish, and Italian as well, and googling shows that it's
used in the context of a "copyleft" or occasionally a "copywrong".

I earlier misspelled the French version, which should be tous
droits réservés, with the pun being tous droits reversés. No é
for the first e in reversés.

The pun is no good in German. The best one can do is alle
Rechte vorhebalten, which doesn't mean reversed but is only silly,
or alle links vorbehalten, which is stretching things a bit,
mostly leftwards.

Does anyone out there actually perform polyglot tech writing?
I just mess with French, German, Spanish and Italian for fun. Who's
getting paid for it? How do you avoid confusing Spanish with Italian?

Keith Hansen wrote:

Here's my analysis:

The sentence is basically saying "All rights [are] reserved." Thus, we
seem to have the following:
* A subject ("rights) * A predicate adjective ("reserved") modifying the subject (i.e., what
kind of rights?) * A linking verb ("are"--a form of the verb "to be"). However, the verb is not actually stated, only implied.

It is not imperative mood. An example of imperative mood would be:
* "Close the window!"
The subject ("you") is implied but not stated. The imperative mood
expresses a command.
At least, that's my take on it. Any other theories?

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