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Subject:Re: U.S. vs Global Punctuation From:Marie McHarry <Mmcharry -at- AOL -dot- COM> Date:Fri, 11 Sep 1998 12:35:04 EDT
In a message dated 98-09-11 11:27:24 EDT, BAYNESO -at- AMSWORLD -dot- COM writes:
<< Still, at least these micro issues take up brain bandwidth that might
otherwise have to deal with macro issues. In times like these, that's
definitely a Good Thing. >>
Should anyone think this is an issue that only writers worry about, several
points of usage came up on, of all places, a border collie list, which has
English speakers (and several Europeans) from the U.S., Canada, England,
Scotland, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. The intensity
of the discussion and the heat generated were not to be believed. Border
collie owners, at least the ones on the list, are an articulate and
opinionated bunch. Before the thread was stopped--and that took heavy
threats-- even the listowners had taken part, with an intensity that they
rarely show on any other topic. I think that people like these micro issues
for the very reason Sonia gives (and that's why it's pointless to discuss
grammar on the list).
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