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arthur stead
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It drives me bonkers when Café members describe the “slights” they use, or comment about “slight” of hand. I never respond because I don’t want to sound pompous. But if you encounter the above, would you:

1. Politely correct their spelling?
2. Point out that hands do not feel insults?
3. Ask if they’re referring to small or weak hands?
2. Berate them for being illiterate fools?

What would YOU do?
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On Jul 23, 2019, arthur stead wrote:
It drives me bonkers when Café members describe the “slights” they use, or comment about “slight” of hand. I never respond because I don’t want to sound pompous. But if you encounter the above, would you:

1. Politely correct their spelling?
2. Point out that hands do not feel insults?
3. Ask if they’re referring to small or weak hands?
2. Berate them for being illiterate fools?

What would YOU do?

Ceteris paribus, I'd probably opt for #1.

The problem, of course, is that ceteris is rarely paribus, and after a while I'd probably resort to #2. Not #2 #1, of course, but #2 #2.
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I suspected that ceteris paribus meant "all things being equal".

Turns out it is an economics term and LATIN in origin. Close enough I guess.

Thanks for the homework Bill!
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Gee Arthur, they are only sleightly off.
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Gee Arthur, they are only sleightly off.


Smile
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Arthur, perhaps you could convey your correction via musical means, by serenading them the message whilst playing some "sleighd" guitar?
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I'm looking for a way to try to tell magicians not everything has to be a joke or bad pun.
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Other than standup comics... what examples of entertainers do most magicians have?
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On Jul 25, 2019, karnak wrote:
Arthur, perhaps you could convey your correction via musical means, by serenading them the message whilst playing some "sleighd" guitar?


not often one can make a triple pun - Well done!

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On the serious side, considering the effort many Youtube posters put into their performance, perhaps "slight" is appropriate!

I recall a mentor back in the 60's responding to the question of whether he used sleight of hand. (Harry Shilling)

"I did when I was first learning to entertain people with magic tricks. Then I moved on ... I prefer magic now."
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Other than standup comics... what examples of entertainers do most magicians have?

Many, but sadly they ignore them.
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You have either got or you have not got double spaces after full stops.

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What amuses me about this thread is the thought that Bill might be gentle about correcting our grammar.

Bill is a gentleman, but he is merciless about correcting our grammar. Merciless, I tell you!

And watch out! He's going to find a mistake in this post and point it out to me. And I will love him for it.
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Don't know about all those sentences that begin with And, Jeff...
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Well, Jack, there was only one sentence that began with "And."

If I were my own student, I would expect the correction to be that I had used two exclamation points in such a short post.

Bill?

Fire away.
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On Jul 31, 2019, stoneunhinged wrote:
Well, Jack, there was only one sentence that began with "And."

Except for the other one.
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Perhaps he meant one paragraph?
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"The Merriam-Webster Dictionary of English Usage begins its entry on and with this statement: "Everybody agrees that it’s all right to begin a sentence with and, and nearly everybody admits to having been taught at some past time that the practice was wrong." The entry notes that there has been speculation that sentence-initial ands were discouraged to prevent children from stringing together interminable lists of clauses or sentences. While it makes sense to avoid an enormous pile of independent clauses in one's writing, it seems unlikely that trying to change the way people naturally use the language will solve this problem. There are times when it would be ill-advised to begin a sentence with and or but, and there are times when it works just fine."
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No, agreed, there's nothing always wrong with a sentence that begins with And. However, I think that two such sentences in close proximity might be a flag for future problems.

And besides, Jeff was asking for it. And so I thought I'd tease him a bit. Smile
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Commas by Oxford or just as spake? Grammar saw the Times change.

Perhaps a keyboard called Moog brought us the Mood Organ. If so, what differnance learning typos make!

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