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Re: OT: Time zone question

From:Peter Collier <petecollier@...>
Date:Thursday, May 29, 2008, 7:57
--- Tristan McLeay <conlang@...> wrote:

> Mark J. Reed wrote: > > On Wed, May 28, 2008 at 8:10 PM, > <MorphemeAddict@...> wrote: > > > >> Even saying that that the past is in front of us > and the future is behind us > >> is a convention that not everyone shares. > >> > >> I see the future as ahead, and the past as > behind. > >> stevo </HTML> > > > > Most people share that convention. I think that > was Pete's point - > > that you could make a logical case for looking at > it the other way.
Precisely. It seems perhaps English really does need a punctuation mark for subtlety. Of course, emphatically marking something as subtle would be ironic, so you would you then in fact need two marks?
> I think it is indeed the viewpoint of the trolls in > Terry Pratchett's > Discworld series. The trolls, however, are not known > for their quick wit > and philosophical depth. > > -- > Tristan. >
That's where I had read it!!! Thank you - couldn't for the life of me think where I had picked that up. The way you phrase your sentence makes it sound as if I, unlike the trolls, am known for my quick wit and philosophical depth! Probably best not to look that gift horse in the mouth. P.