Heather wants to know the time

Subject: Heather wants to know the time
From: David Oberstadt <daveo -at- VNET -dot- IBM -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 9 May 1994 13:18:43 PDT

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Marguerite Krupp wrote:

> I remember studying General Semantics (Caps and all!) in college...and
> applying it, much to the annoyance of my classmates. They would ask, "What
> does your watch say?" and I would reply, "Tick, tick, tick!"

Ah, yes, but if they had asked, "What time is it?", the E-Prime folks
would have corrected them. And, had they asked, "Do you have the
time?", your reply most likely would have been, "For what?" ;-) So,
how do you get around that one??

! Heather M. Atkinson !
! Technical Writer !
! Computer Data Systems, Inc. !
! Naval Surface Warfare Center !
! Crane, Indiana !
! (812) 854-3292 !
! !
! hma209 -at- commsupp -dot- nwscc -dot- sea06 -dot- navy -dot- mil !
! !


Try this: Please tell me the current local time.
Better yet, wear a watch.

David Oberstadt Santa Teresa Lab
daveo -at- vnet -dot- ibm -dot- com San Jose, California

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