The Problem With Books

Subject: The Problem With Books
From: Richard Lewis <tech44writer -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: Fred Ridder <docudoc -at- hotmail -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 24 Oct 2007 10:14:07 -0700 (PDT)

Okay, okay - don't call the gammar police on me. The mistake I made was typing the word "not". The correct statement is as follows:

there are no books that "tell it like it is".

Generic Richard

Fred Ridder <docudoc -at- hotmail -dot- com> wrote:
.hmmessage P { margin:0px; padding:0px } body.hmmessage { FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY:Tahoma } tech44writer -at- yahoo -dot- com wrote:]

> As a Tech Writer I hardly don't write nothing. I primarily create data
> flow diagrams.
> Really John, I once got grilled on this listserv about my grammar
> bt the pres (or some big wig like that) of STC. Having survived that,
> I am immune to grammar criticisms.

What a remarkable attitude for someone who claims to be a professional

I guess you must consider the rules of logic to be as irrelevant to you
as the rules of grammar that you dismiss, because the sentence John
commented on simply doesn't mean what you intended if you parse its
logic. You wrote:
> there are no books ... that are not going to "tell it like it is".
which is logically equivalent to:
All books are going to tell it like it is.
Surely this can't be what you intended to say.

If you insist that you can't be bothered to state what you actually
mean, why should you be surprised that so many list members don't
take anything that you say seriously?

-Fred Ridder

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