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GROUPLANG: Pronouns (politeness)

From:charles <catty@...>
Date:Friday, October 16, 1998, 20:24
On Fri, 16 Oct 1998, Nik Taylor wrote:

> And politeness couldn't be > optional. By having no indication of politeness level, that in itself > would say something, just as in English, not saying "please" says > something.
I would have disagreed before, but now I think politeness register should be mandatory in all primarily written langs, especially to clarify short emailish messages like this. (Please, no smilies ... anything but that!)