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Subject:Irony Dectectors (WAS: Ph.D.'s) From:JohnG_AT_spboscc%ccMail -at- SILVERPLATTER -dot- COM Date:Tue, 31 Dec 1996 10:34:09 -0400
It's nearly impossible to believe writers could have used irony without
this convention for, what, three thousand years?
johng -at- silverplatter -dot- com
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Subject: Irony Dectectors (WAS: Ph.D.'s)
Author: elaine -at- CALVAL -dot- GSFC -dot- NASA -dot- GOV at SILVERPLATTER
Date: 12/31/96 10:15 AM
Hi all. The recent problem we had between Yvonne and Steve (about one
of them not knowing the other was being ironic and almost starting a
flame war) prompts me to write this. On another list I subscribe to
(COPYEDITING-L) we actually _ have_ an "irony detector" developed by
our very own Geoff Hart (he's on this other list too). It's "Fe", as
in the chemical symbol for iron (get it? iron? irony?) We usually
write it as <Fe> much as we write <g> for "grin". Try it! It works!
An unsolicited testimonial.
Hope everyone has a great New Year's.
Elaine R. Firestone
elaine -at- calval -dot- gsfc -dot- nasa -dot- gov
elaine -at- seawifs -dot- gsfc -dot- nasa -dot- gov