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CHAT: Con-English chat: 50 Watsons (was: RE: [CONLANG] Some more Madzhi grammar

From:And Rosta <a.rosta@...>
Date:Monday, March 18, 2002, 17:33
John Cowan:
> In Lojban a dog certainly does dog, not in the English sense of 'to dog', > of course. > > "He dogs my footsteps with the incompetent zeal of fifty Watsons." > --Lord Peter Wimsey
Observing standard Poccessorial criteria for relevance of comment, I remark that if one can manage to misread that sentence as "He dogs my footsteps with an incompetent zeal of fifty Watsons", we get a rather pleasing reading whereby a Watson is a unit for the measurement of degrees of incompetent zeal. This reminds me of a footnote in Pollard & Sag's 1994 _Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar_ in which they (giving due credit to their source) define a _millihelen_ as that unit of beauty sufficient to launch one ship. Feel free to cite other cute units of measurement, and I'll compile a list. --And.


John Cowan <jcowan@...>Con-English chat: 50 Watsons (was: RE: [CONLANG] Some more Madzhi
Bob Greenwade <bob.greenwade@...>Con-English chat: 50 Watsons (was: RE: [CONLANG] Some more Madzhi