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CHAT: Abrigon's 'Gobblygook'; was RE: Counting/Numbers

From:Keith Gaughan <kgaughan@...>
Date:Friday, July 19, 2002, 12:58
From: Abrigon Gusiq [mailto:abrigon@YAHOO.COM]

> I often find the gobblygook that many people on the list seem to > speak/write to be confusing, but I muddle thru. I also thought I had > what I was replying to in the message sent. Namely that I once had a > conlang/culture where the speakers had six fingers on each of their > hands. And that they would count 1-6, and then 1 hand and 1. > One hand of > 6 plus 1 finger. > > Instead of putting down what someone says, might look beyond it. The > second part of the post spoke more of what I was saying that the first > part.
Had you said "I once had a conlang where the race speaking it did *that*", it would have made sense. Personally, I had to strain somewhat to understand what you were talking about. Tim was complaining, quite justly, that you used pronouns in a highly ambiguous way. Doing that, how can you not expect people to be confused by your usage?